Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Questions no woman should answer in a job interview

22 January 2016, 14:01Chante Petersen

“What’s your marital status?”

“Plan on having kids soon?”

“What are your child-care arrangements?”

Career experts agree that questions asked during a job interview are meant to determine whether one is a good fit for the organisation and a specific job. Yet, women are still experiencing sexist questioning during interviews, more often pertaining to their personal lives, rather than their actual qualifications.

Is there an outright bias here? Do employers simply favour hiring men over women because they are presumed to be less ‘complicated’?

A recent Huffington Post report stated that women were often either seen as ‘too bossy’ or ‘too reticent.’ This, of course, is nothing new.

Women regularly deal with inappropriate sexual advances, and mothers in particular appear to be at the receiving end of most bias handed out by employers. Which is why women are questioned in interviews about their priorities. Will she be able to cope with all her work as she seems very dedicated to her children? And when the opposite is true and she is coping she is often criticised for being too dedicated to her job. "You work all the time, shouldn't you spend more time with your children?"

The Huffington Post, recently shared feedback from their female readers, sharing questions they’ve been subjected to in job interviews:   

•    "I was asked during fundraising meetings ‘How do we know you're not going to run off and have a baby?'"

•    "Once I was asked about my religion and my views on abortion. On another occasion I was asked about how I would take care of my child while working."

The Independent UK also revealed similar sexist questions:

•    “Can you wear more make up next time?”

•    “Can you flirt with the customers to make them stay longer?”

•    ‘What does your husband make of your career plans?’

So, how are you supposed to respond to such intrusive questions?

Redirect the question

Next time an employer asks you if you have kids, redirect the question into what he/she is really asking, for example: “Perhaps you’re asking if I’m focused on my work and can handle late hours? I assure you, I can.”

Ask your interviewer why the question is relevant

Although the question may seem absurd, there could be a genuine reason behind it. So let’s make sure of this first.

You’re allowed to push back

Career coach at CareerWorx, Lisa LaRue, agrees that women shouldn’t answer sexist questions such as “Do you plan on having children?” or “Are you in a relationship?’

Managing director of Career Library TV Stephan Conway’s advice is perhaps the most epic:  Ask whether the questions are ‘standard procedure’ because working for a company that promotes and values equality is important to you.

It will not limit your ability to do a job well done

To questions that seem unrelated such as, “What does your partner do for a living?” or questions about your stance on religion or abortion (unless it’s a job at a religious institute or planned parenthood clinic), calmly state that you don’t think this limits your ability to do your job.”

Above all, keep it cool and keep it calm.

- Woman24


Intersex explained

26 October 2016, 08:38

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...