5 Job Interview Questions You Should Never Answer | The Financial Diet

5 Job Interview Questions You Should Never Answer | The Financial Diet


Hey guys it’s Chelsea from The Financial
Diet and this week’s video is brought to you by Squarespace and this week we
wanted to talk to you guys about the questions that you may someday be asked
when looking for a job that you’re not at all required to answer and in fact
probably shouldn’t. Some of these questions are not outright illegal but
could lead to serious discrimination suits if someone were to pursue them
against the hiring company. It’s important when you’re looking for a job
that you know your rights and you set your boundaries especially when looking
for your first job out of school you can feel so excited at the prospect of
getting any job that you don’t even feel like you need to question the means of
getting there but the job interview process while a lot of it is in the
hands of the person doing the hiring is not a moment of total powerlessness for
the person who’s applying. You have every right to be discerning about the kind of
things you say to a potential employer and the kind of things that are asked of
you. So, we’re gonna go into some of the questions that you might hear and what
to do when you’re asked them. The first question is “Are you married? Pregnant?
Thinking about getting pregnant?” So this is one of those lines of questioning
that actually is in many cases against the law there are many discrimination
laws set in place and some might vary state to state but some are also
federally mandated that are there to protect people who might be vulnerable
to discrimination in the case of hiring and that could be based on ethnicit,y
gender, race, cultural background, religion etc but it can also be based on life
choices one might make. In the case of women that choice could be do we think
you’re going to have a kid in the next few years and how is that going to
impact our bottom line. You not getting hired or promoted at a job because your
employer thinks that you might have a kid someday is super against the law. It’s also just on a personal level incredibly uncomfortable to be asked
this as a woman because we know all too well that these questions are not often
posed to men even though realistically it takes two parents to make a kid. Do
not feel that you have to apologize to be a young woman who might be of
marrying or childbearing age nor that you have to justify or explain any
future life choices you might make. If you’re ever asked any of these questions
around your relationship or childbearing status in the interview, even if it’s
posed in a casual way, be on the lookout and one very good way to respond to this
that is professional and respectful but still very clear about setting
boundaries We’ll link you guys in the description to some of
the specific laws protecting women who might be getting married or pregnant in
the next few years around their employment. Knowing your rights in the
workplace is incredibly important and it starts even before you get the job.
Number two is “How many children do you have?” or “How old are they now?” This one is
similar to the first but a little bit different in the sense that the rules
outlining what is and isn’t okay to ask about someone’s children are a little
blurrier. It can be harder to prove that these kind of questions were used to
potentially discriminate against someone but it’s also very important to consider
the context of this question. We know that in the workplace in America the way
women are regarded as parents is very different from the way men are in a
similar situation. We’re the only developed country without guaranteed
maternity leave and although the situation has improved for working
mothers, when surveyed people are more likely to assume that the responsibility
for child rearing should fall more toward the mother than
the father. In fact studies show that when men become fathers their earnings
over the course of their career actually increase and the opposite is true for
women having children is an enormous hit to a woman’s earning potential and that
only increases the more children she has and this is as much to do with people’s
expectation of her at the workplace ie “Why aren’t you home or with your kids?”
combined with “Why aren’t you staying as late as the men?” which is an unwinnable
game ,is a huge part of this. So asking a woman around the number of children she
has or whether she has them in a job interview is a good way for an employer
to suss out pretty quickly how much that will be a real or perceived constraint
on her time and you don’t have to answer this. If and when you’re asked this
question here’s a good way to respond. Number three is “Do you have any
religious holidays you celebrate?” now this is an inappropriate question for
two reasons one it’s a way for an employer or potential employer to pry
into your religious life which actually is discriminatory but it’s also a way
for them to assess whether you’ll be taking additional days off that are not
on their regular calendar. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Yom Kippur, Ramadan, or nothing at all that is not your employer’s business you have the freedom
to practice whatever religion you want at the workplace and more importantly to
not be judged on that criteria when you’re looking for a job. If you sense
that an employer is prying into your religious background and this can
often be the case for candidates who might outwardly appear to belong to a
certain religion, remember that you have rights in this situation and your
biggest one is to not play that game. If and when you might be asked this
question you can simply respond Obviously if your religious beliefs would actually preclude you from doing a job as it was
listed you probably shouldn’t be applying for that job but in most cases
your religious beliefs and any holidays therein should not be a factor. The
fourth question is “Do you have any disabilities?” or any questions around a
possible disability. Now it should be clear that some jobs do have physical
requirements that need to be met in order to do the job and sometimes
applications will ask you questions around your strength mobility etc let’s
say for example a job requires you to transport heavy objects or run or
perform physical tasks and in those cases it’s up to us to be realistic
about what we can and cannot do but for the majority of jobs your physical
abilities should not be consideration in the hiring process and there are plenty
of discrimination laws in place to protect Americans with disabilities and
for the record these protections can also apply to people who are mentally
disabled as well as physically disabled although physical disability often leads
to more frequent discrimination Particularly if you have a visible
disability that might attract more questions than usual it’s important you
know you’re right not to answer them. Any disability that does not literally
prevent you from doing the tasks required of the job should not be a
consideration and more importantly when setting our own boundaries for things
like our physical or mental limitations it’s important that we remember that we
are not on the defensive. These are rights and it’s well within your right
to assert them If you are asked this question or a similar one remember there
are plenty of options to respond, including And remember as with being
asked other discriminatory questions it is always within your right to bring
these issues to the proper government body. We’ll link you in the description
below on how to report some of these issues if and when they arise in your
workplace. Lastly number five “Were you born in the US?” “Were your parents born in
the US?” Any question that hints toward your immigration status, your citizenship,
your cultural background, or ethnic background is not okay. As long as you
are legally within your right to be working in the US you have
no reason to be questioned on these issues and while you may be asked to
confirm on an application or in person that you are legally allowed to be
working in the US, and an employer has the right to ask that question, anything
beyond that is not okay. Just because you may appear to have a certain background
or nationality is not at all a reason to be discriminated against for a job. An
employer is not allowed to directly ask you where you were born or where your
parents might have been born and the distinction between the two
whether you are legally allowed to work somewhere or whether you may be from
somewhere else are very very different Particularly as the rhetoric around
immigration and immigrants becomes more and more hostile this may be an
increasingly severe issue in job applications and workplaces. If you sense at all that you have been discriminated against in this way or
being asked unfair questions you have every right not to respond or to report
it and if you do respond here’s a great option Beyond that your background is, survey says, bone of their business! There are
many more questions than these that are definitely not okay to be asked when
you’re applying for a job and we’ll link you to more of them in the description
but in the short term it’s important to remember when you’re in the job
application process which can feel often very desperate that you are not in a
position of powerlessness. Know your rights assert your boundaries and always
be professional and respectful but do not give in to something that’s not
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100 thoughts on “5 Job Interview Questions You Should Never Answer | The Financial Diet

  • If I give you an application form to fill out and you don't fill out the form properly then you will Not get the job.

  • Its not just the interview they discriminate. The look into all of your social media and discrimnate against us there. Understand its the Employees that make a buisness work. Not the bosses.

  • 1:50 That's far enough for me  . You honestly can see why they would not ask a man if he was pregnant ? If that is the mentality of the rest of the video it is pointless .

  • Being currently pregnant should be told. I don't give a damn. I've seen it a few times now.
    They had recently gotten pregnant. They get the job. They get paid relocation. They get in class training, and onsite training. It's a mainly onsite job. So 5 months in they can't do it anymore. Then they get 3 months paid maternity leave. Then they either quit or took another job.. but as a hiring person you can't ask about pregnancy

  • The scariest one is "what is your Facebook password". I haven't had it asked of me, but I have heard of others experiencing this. Super sketchy.

  • I was asked if I liked black people at my interview… can you believe that? Those people at this company called KKK don't beat around the bush…

  • The problem with this is that employers can still decide not to hire you regardless. They can just say they didn't hire you for a different reason. The burden of proof here, I believe, is on the accuser, not the accused.

  • But on number 1 i completely disagree, that would be a legimate for any business owner to find out. Women work less hours then men and expect the same pay. Another thing is maternity leave, so a business is supposed to be out the worker while not being able to hire a replacement, and don't say hire a temp because a temp knows they are out of a job when the employee comes back, they are not going to work as hard as a person who is a long term employee. The question is would you rather let employers ask the question or would you rather the employer just to not hire women at all so that would never be a problem.

  • In Germany you have to list your belief your birthplace/nationality or if you are married or have kids in your application so the employer will probably know all of that already you have to tell them if you have an illness or any disabilities too so I think here its really different from the US

  • I don't understand the problem. I discriminate all the time. I am bisexual and have many partners. We are part of a secret sex cult, and I am its head. Rules I don't date married women, married men are ok. I accept all races but some races will have it harder joining. Same goes with IQ. Intelligent women are amazing. Members must be happy with degrading things such as whipping bondage and everyone must be happy about going to meetings in short skirts and high heals. I am a jealous man, so the men must see me on short notice. I have a thing for eggheads. They can sweet talk to me anytime about Unix, php or python. I got a row of Mac computers to woo them. Everyone in the cult must pledge allegiance to the devil and become a druid.

  • Nah screw that. I have enough self respect to avoid employers like that like the plague. More than once I’ve gotten the question “how old are you” implying I’m too young to be reliable. I will reply “old enough to have the qualifications and experience listed on my resume.” Once an interviewer asked the same question 3 times. I ended up saying “if my age is a problem for you, I’m happy to go elsewhere.”

  • Weird. Every single online application I've filled out has asked me if I have a disability. Right after they ask if I'm a protected veteran.

  • I have a question…

    If you have a learning disability that might affect one part of your job, how do you bring it up in the interview? Should I avoid those jobs or work around it?

  • What kind of employer(s) would be asking these very irrelevant, unrelated questions for you trying to get hired for the job? In a way these are personal questions that should never be asked upon. None of their business to pry on your personal life. I'm just very shocked and I don't recall any of these when I was interviewed multiple times at different jobs. Should you call and report to the Human Resource, so the employer(s) could be stopped and wouldn't do it again to another interviewee? Any how, this video gave out great tips on how to addressed in these kind of situations professionally that I taken into great consideration and will use if I come across an employer asking about my personal life. Thank you!

  • As the interviewer becomes aware that you know your rights, they may decline to hire you, thinking you could be a future trouble-maker. They are in the driver's seat; you, unfortunately, are not unless you are highly, highly qualified and can name your own salary and conditions of employment. That's not those of us in the 99%.

  • The 2 questions about religious observations and US citizen status are fully acceptable and legal for a potential employer to ask about. Some work requirements may specify work on the Sabbath and you MUST discuss this PRIOR to being hired for this. If you change your religious affiliations and it alters your ability to perform your existing work contract, AND your employer cannot accommodate you (law applies to "reasonable accommodation" only), then you can be legally terminated. As for US citizen status, many if not most employers now actually have to provide signed affidavits from the employee! Yes, you MUST disclose this! An employer can face serious fines for hiring undocumented workers!!!

  • I don't ask these questions to women. Cause I stopped wasting my time interviewing them. They all struggle too much. Haha. They don't want to do concrete work anyways. I wonder if they even read the ad. 20 year old girl with hair done and nail polish and designer clothes shows up to interview. Yeah hun so you want to pour foundations?

  • I once interviewed for a PT at a start up that asked me if i was authorised to work in the US twice and for my living situation. Also the pay was never mentioned (not even on the posting) and when asked how many hours i could work per week, i saw the guy only write 20…even though i said 20-30.

    Those werent the only problems. When invited to the interview, i was asked if i could come in the next day at 4pm. I said i couldnt…i didnt get a response until 5:30pm the following day…im guessing they forgot about the interview request -.-

  • I wish I had known about these I did a interview for a Ford dealership in North Highland Ca and the male managers of the dealership asked me the pregnancy, marriage and children questions. As a 20 yr old I just answered the question then wondered what I did wrong when I eventually did not get the job.

  • Family status is not a protected class and can very well be used as a disqualifying factor of employment… Scummy but absolutely legitimate.

    I am in a position to preform interviews at my job. Your advising that people give none answers. It's not just the answer that you give that I am looking at, I am looking at how you answer the question. Repeated none answers will land your application in the shredder.

    A proper interview is far far more nuanced than a game of 20 questions.

  • On disabilities: in Spain there's tax incentives for companies to hire people with disabilities and tax incentives for workers with disabilities too. Maybe the same applies to the rest of the European Union.

  • As a non-white female with a disability, I appreciate you shedding light onto this topic. I wish school would teach us things like this, but until then, it's great that we can learn anything on youtube.

  • I have never seen any of these questions on a job application. The "disabilities" question is usually phrased differently… "will I be able to meet the physical requirements…." etc.

  • How about addressing the way HR departments/companies violate the age discrimination laws by asking what years did you attend high school?
    These same job applications usually have a clause that states if applicant does not answer ANY question the application will tossed out.

  • While asking someone "are you pregnant" is filthy and pathetic during an interview, I could totally understand why an employer might do this. Especially if it's a smaller business.

  • Young children need the mother's presence more than they need the father's. So mothers tend to stay home more, that's why their earnings get lower, and fathers start working longer hours to keep the family budget balanced – especially since the arrival of a baby brings many extra expenses. But guess what: fathers want to be with their wives and kids too. Working longer hours is not an outlet of self-realization or a way to keep women oppressed by the patriarchy – it's what fathers can (and must) contribute to the whole child-bearing story. The institution of marriage exists precisely because raising a kid takes 2 people, and they absolutely have to work as a unit.
    Please stop framing the biology-based allocation of work in families as oppression or discrimination. All this achieves is a divide between men and women, turning natural allies into ideological enemies.

  • the reason why women are regulated as the child caregiver is we are the ones who get pregnant which can effect a job, we are the ones who give birth, which can effect a job. jobs want you working, not taking leave.

  • On number 5 some security sensitive jobs do require you to be a citizen or permanent resident. Keep that in mind for some jobs in security critical infrastructure or some transportation jobs.

  • I've had to answer all of these questions on job applications lately. Well, maybe not the pregnant one, but still. And granted the disability one is under "voluntary self-disclosure" but still, I always feel as though it'd be worse if I answer "I choose not to self-disclose"than if I don't.

  • What if you're in the hairstyling business and you keep the sabbath which is on saturday and therefore can not work on the day when hair salons need you most?

  • One time I got a promotion and the manager talked about wanting to give it to a male because they didn't want someone just getting pregnant.

  • In my country companies don't want to employ mothers or women who just got married. It's sad but true. From a company s point of view, things are different though.. In the company that I work for, we are few people, no hr manager so the director takes care of employees issues etc.. he made my 2 pregnant friends s lives almost hell by not giving them documents on time or signatures that they needed. We weren't happy with such an approach. Other girls will eventually get pregnant too and they'd need support NOT discrimination

  • All of these questions all boil down to the company putting the money before the people. Its dehumanizing the person getting interviewed and instead seeing them as a thing that has a certain level of efficiency when it comes to getting them money. Sure that's important in business, but I think you put your employees first your business will excel.

  • #4 can be a legitimate question, since an employer (in the US) has to know what, if any, reasonable accommodations they are legal required to provide. Having a worker show up on their first day and not be able to do their job because the employer didn't have advanced notice to install (or purchase) special equipment in time makes no sense.

  • Age has been one. I was asked the kids and late nights one. It was a federal job and a woman who had the nerve to asked me that. I told my agency.

  • This video is useless. Like it or not, any non answer will work against you. Employers can and will do whatever they want in hiring. These laws are put into place as a feel good measure for the masses. All proof of not being hired on these grounds is entirely up to the job seeker. It will be expensive and fruitless to fight.

  • Instead of saying these replies to these questions, I’d just ask them why they need to know this information and in what way is it related to the job. If they don’t have an answer there’s no need to respond.

  • I was recently in a phone interview and was asked questions 1 through 4. I had never seen this video nor learned any of these things yet. Should I be worried since I answered different from what was provided in the video? I mentioned my religious practice, hoping that my Sunday meditation/prayer wouldn't be a problem, but the interviewer sounded as if it was a deal-breaker if I did proceed with a possible, can't-be-at-work-all-the-time-anytime explanation or working ethic or whatever I'm trying to say. I also talked about my newborn 6/ 7 month old, the sound of his voice wasn't too pleased with that, I should say that this whole time he was calm and professional, but like the religious topic he also combated with my child topic as "we respect your decisions, but if that gets in the way of your work we're not sure about hiring you" sort of way. I understand that businesses have rights and they can hire who they choose, but to be honest I am quite a desperate person and during the recent time I was desperate to get a job. so in the interview I basically worded that I was willing to withdraw my religious practice and my new child's attention, all for the sake of possibly acing this phone interview. He also asked about disability. I do not have any disabilities, but now that I know that that is not an appropriate thing to ask, also the other two things not being appropriate to ask I feel the same, I feel a little tricked and like a fool. What do we do when if we exercise our rights, we possibly lose lifesaving labor and income?

  • supposedly my previous manager at Summermoon was bringing up going to church in interviews. I felt like they were being biased towards only hiring christians from their church.

  • In reality, many people give these kinds of information to the employer voluntarily without being asked. While you don’t have any obligation to, seemingly being stand offish could be harmful as well depending on the type of job you are applying for.

  • Employers are allowed under federal, and every state I am aware of, law to ask anything they want. What they can't do is base employment decisions on answers to some of those questions. If you find yourself on the hiring end of an interview and are being told to ask these, or similar, questions, ask yourself how you can prove you didn't act on information you asked after.

    That being said, the suggested responses in the video are perfect.

  • I was swiped off from office when I told about my disability with speech with which I have improved over years to overcome it. It was in a local clothes store and I was capable of speaking their formal language.

  • As an engineer, I seem to recall that companies that work contracts for the US military may have legitimate cause to question whether you are a US citizen or not. I don't think the question as phrased, asking about parentage or native birth, would be appropriate, but "Are you a U.S. citizen?" can and does come up.

  • This video's title should have stated that it concerns job interviews in the USA. Did you assume that all YouTube viewers who might consider applying for jobs live in the USA??
    And you move your hands and arms so much, it is distracting and led me to scrolling the video off the screen.

  • 3:05 male pay increase after becoming a father is usually because a man will double down on the amount of work he'll do increasing his own productivity to support his family, whereas a new mom is concerned with picking the baby up at the day care, or has to take time off to take Missy to the doctors… Men focus more on work while women worry about everything else.

  • While l agree people should be allowed a fair chance to work, l honestly believe it's become unfair on many employers and other workers when some people will accept jobs knowing full well they won't be able to do them properly. Examples like women getting manual labour jobs while pregnant and straight away claiming they can't do the work because they are pregnant, yet will claim discrimination if they then loose the job because they are incapable of fullfilling the role or cases where people have disabilities or moral or religious objections to some aspects of the job without informing the employer. It's especially annoying when you get critical and difficult to replace roles like project managers suddenly wanting to take 12 months off on maternity leave in the middle of a multi million/billion dollar project. People wonder why many women don't get certain jobs in important roles, but some jobs simply can't allow the risk of potentially loosing a key manager for a week let alone months and if you don't get the experience when young(child bearing years) your unlikely to get the top jobs later in life.
    I've had multiple exes that were very clear about never wanting to have children, these laws actually discriminate against their choice as they would be more suitable for some jobs because of this, yet they can't use this to their advantage in job interviews. Having kids is a choice, it should be the responsibility of the parents to bear the costs, not the rest of us that choose not to have them.

  • The religion is kind of a tricky one. In austria, we are mostly Christian so everyone has days of on christmas and other religious days. But other religions don't celebrate these days so they just get a day of. But the real issue is that they probably want to have the day of on their special days. So the question could also be a conversationstarter for example if you would be willing to work on christmas because you don't celebrate and instead get the day of another time. A colegue of my mum (nurse) for example is muslim and they have this agreement and I think this is fine.

  • It should probably be noted that government and government contract jobs may require security clearance as part of the job, which would require you to be a US citizen. While they may not be able to ask you about your immigration status per se, those types of employers can and most likely will ask if you are a US citizen, whether you look the part or not.

  • God damn it. A man isn't asked if he is planning on getting pregnant because the employer doesn't care, stupid!

    If a woman gets pregnant, she has to miss work to deliver the baby.

    If a man gets a woman pregnant: HE HAS TO WORK.

    People are so fucking dumb these days, they can't even properly reason about the most basic and obvious shit.

  • Well, from the most cynic and capitalist standpoint, Most people will subscribe a "traditionalist" paradigm, A woman (subscribing said paradigm) looking forward to start a family, will be more likely to abandon her past commitments during pregnancy or after diving birth, whist men (subscribing said paradigm) are more likely to feel obligated to provide for their children and to ensure their wife's prerogative to become dependent at will. So, a man starting a family is likely to be loyal beyond convenience, but a woman starting a family is likely to neglect her servis to her employer in favor of her children. (Reminder: being cynic here) It is the job of a government looking to maintain a reasonable birth rate to make child-bearing people competitively employable.

  • I was interviewed for a job right out of college. I was told that they don't like to hire female programmers because they have babies. It didn't matter marital status with my generation. That he was only interviewing me to meet a quota… it was awkward as hell and I felt terrible.

    I was shocked and had no idea what to do. I wasn't hired obviously and I always think of that when interviewing others at my current employer.

  • Actually there are a few jobs where women are told (legally) that to get the job they must be sterilized. Largely due to the possible risk of chemical exposure that have deleterious effects on women's ovaries and eggs, but little to no effect on men's testicles and sperm. And some where ANYONE working the job must be sterilized first. This has been true since the 1980's if not earlier.

  • How I got ca job without answering of these questions: Interviewer asked this question, " why should I hire you?" Being the age I was and my family being what it was my answet was " I have gone through the change so I wont be calling in "with cramps", i have no children under 18,so i wont be calling 8n with " sitter" issues, and I dont get sick so Im the perfect employee!" He chuckled and said " you're hired!"

  • What if you have a disability, are planning on having a family life AND have to respect religious holydays ? I should just give up and live under a bridge oof

  • I worked nightshift sometimes when I didn't have kids. People should not think nightshift is only for people that have kids either. We all have something to offer. Some people can stay and do doubles and some people can't.

  • You should identify that you live in the US, which is very backward. Like most enlightened countries here in Canada we get at least a year of paid mat leave. Jobs have to be held open for our return as well.

  • In Spain they always ask me if I'm planning on having kids because I'm married. Sometimes I've been asked if I'm planning on going back to my country, if my Marriage is serious and monogamous. If I'm willing to change my accent… I always felt attacked when asked this shit.

    Also they we HAVE to disclose disabilities because they GET FUNDED by the government per hire of this type. The higher the % of disability is better for them but at the same time they discriminate if your disability is visible.

  • Videos like this are why employers will avoid hiring anyone that falls into a category that might cause them problems in the future.
    For instance, they might hire a minimum number of young women out of fear that they will lose this employee in the near future due to pregnancy.
    Of course, most of them will be smart enough to not make it obvious.

  • As a person who is both visually and physically disabled An employer has to accommodate your disability within reason. As for myself in the Job interviews I have been to I always face they don’t lemma of whether I speak up about my disability then or whether I wait until I have actually gotten a job and then discuss reasonable accommodations.

  • These real question is would you even want to work at a company are all pretty much illegal… no professional organization would ask any of them. The real question is, "Why would you even want to work for a company that would ask such questions?" If they are unethical in the interview, you can safely assume they will be unethical in other working areas.

  • I want to live in a world where I can ask employers about their maternity leave policies and it doesn't hurt my chances of being hired if I'm the best candidate.

  • The disability question is asked on pretty much every job application form I've filled out in my job search. The reason given is that they need the statistics to prove that they don't discriminate. But you can usually answer with a "I prefer not to answer." Many of the jobs that I am applying for are with U.S. federal contractors, and the citizenship question is often a job requirement. Many DoD and DHS contractors are not permitted to hire non citizens for those jobs.

  • I watch The Financial Diet videos for sound financial advice and insight. I don't come here for 'lessons in feminism'. What is illegal is illegal, no one supports it. But since you are a channel educating people on financial matters, please stick to the topic and be OBJECTIVE.

  • This is sooo Right!!!! I am soo disgusted of Family Status Questions, even the other way round. I don't want Kids at all and thatfor I got Problems!!! Imagine that. It's so disgusting. Any Job like that is just a waste of time and has been! Never again. And you can never give the Right answer to this anyway, because in any case they will only shit on you. Shit People, that ask a shit Question like this. They should go shitting, but not run a Company.

  • I had an interview yesterday for a placement through a temp agency. Before the interview, the recruiter told me that the company was very interested in my family background and were concerned that as a single, childless woman (from their application could tell I was in my mid 30s. Plus, they did the math for this by asking me dates about my undergraduate and job experience) without family in the area, I won't be tied to the position and not the right candidate for the job. At the interview, I tried to answer the question in the most PC friendly way, and I couldn't get through the question. I don't believe my family history or my lifestyle choices should be a factor in getting a job, but I'm starting to feel professionally insecure that I can't get an entry level career track job because of my experience, and now, family history. Should I tell the temp agency this? Will I be banned now from jobs unless I live near my family?

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