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Does answering the questions about race and gender effect my chances of being hired?

You know the questions on some job applications that ask gender and race? They also ask questions about weather you or anyone in your household has received government assistance. Do these effect my chances of getting hired? I know they say these are voluntary, but I am uncertain if not answering effects my chances of getting the job. What is your opinion? Do you have any first hand experiance that can shed light on the topic? These questions are actaully asked on almost every application that I have filled out recently, even the big companies. If you dont belieive me go fill out some applications, either online or go a few big reatial stores and see for yourself. btw, I live in the U.S.A.

Asked By: brwnidjkmo - 8/6/2007
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You're getting the application mixed up with the voluntary EEO submittal questions (often attached to an application, but legally a separate form... More
Answered By: Karen C - 8/6/2007
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they are not supposed to... But while its illegal to discriminate based on race, sex or religion... I could refuse to hire you because I don't like the way you tie your shoes.
Answered By: FredHH - 8/6/2007
 
Its called affirmative action. If you aren't as qualified, but are considered "less fortunate", you will get the job before someone more qualified, and "more fortunate". Affirmative action is the biggest enemy to the civil rights movement. Answer the questions, it doesn't matter the way you think it does.
Answered By: jlcoop1001 - 8/6/2007
 
I dont think it has any affect on it. Someones not allowed to really not hire someone just because of somethings thats of the past or of religion. some of that stuff is illegal or something i think?
Answered By: Sarah - 8/6/2007
 
It could. Some companies elicit this data so that they can check themselves and insure that they are marketing the availability of their jobs across racial, ethnic, gender and age lines. So if a job is listed only in Seventeen magazine, it's not likely to attract older people.
Answered By: Miss V - 8/6/2007
 
Those questions are on a job application? I don't think those kind of questions are allowed to be on applications or asked during an interview. If they are voluntary - don't answer them - they may just be statistical tracking questions for use with government reports
Answered By: Dr. Deth - 8/6/2007
 
Good grief, there are still companies with that on their application? Those have been illegal questions for a long time. Saying they are voluntary doesn't make them right. If the company is that far out of sync with the rest of the world, I'm not sure I'd want to work for them.
Answered By: Judy - 8/6/2007
 
I think these questions are asked to PREVENT discrimination
Answered By: Turbo Baby - 8/6/2007
 
idk...........i always just answer them. i would hope they would be more focused on my qualifications more so than anything else... More
Answered By: The Truth Hurts - 8/6/2007
 
Sorry I dont have any experience with this mainly because here in Australia those questions are illegal - you are not allowed to ask them at all - I would find out wether these are allowed to be asked where ever you are - as for your question as to wether to answer them or not I would probably answer them but thats... More
Answered By: Kazz - 8/6/2007
 
Put "dumb hillbilly" on your app and see what happens
Answered By: bunny bump - 8/6/2007
 
Maybe you'd have a better chance at a job if you spelled properly. That's a leading cause of apps getting trashed. BTW-asking if you're on government assistance is NOT illegal...it goes to whether or not the applicant may be covered by Medicaid...saving the employer big $$$.
Answered By: shelcom - 8/6/2007
 
It shouldn't...but it might. Trouble is you don't have proof of it one way or another. If you don't feel comfortable answering any of the questions, then don't answer. Depends on how bad you want the job... More
Answered By: rock_and_roll_granny - 8/6/2007
 
The type of questions you answered,how would you act when put in certain situations,your posture,your appearance,your awareness,your alertness just to name a few of many other things.
Answered By: willie j - 8/6/2007
 
They're there for EEOC purposes so that the company can track their applications & hiring of certain races and genders, etc. They need to be able to show, during an audit that x% of their candidates were "diversity candidates" and x% of their new employees are "diversity candidates"...not necessarily preferential... More
Answered By: SouthernGirl - 8/6/2007
 
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