What they're not supposed to ask you.

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  • pacrifice 1 May 2013 14:27:18 1,174 posts
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    A recruitment agency have sent me an application form and they want me to answer -

    Have you had any skin problems e.g. eczema, psoriasis, recurrent skin infections, allergic rashes?
    Have you ever experienced a fit, blackout or faints?
    Have you ever had any mental health problems
    (e.g. anxiety, depression, nervous breakdown, stress, self-harm, eating disorders and addictions)?
    Have you ever been admitted to hospital?

    The application is for a vacancy, working in a call centre..... Are they really allowed to ask this shit?
  • imamazed 1 May 2013 14:29:53 5,954 posts
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    No
  • Baihu1983 1 May 2013 14:30:35 3,637 posts
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    Don't remember ever being asked any of those.
  • evilashchris 1 May 2013 14:30:41 7,150 posts
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    Maybe

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  • TheSaint 1 May 2013 14:31:03 14,827 posts
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    Can you repeat the question?
  • Blerk Moderator 1 May 2013 14:31:45 48,225 posts
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    I hate talking to people with skin complaints on the phone.
  • evilashchris 1 May 2013 14:33:08 7,150 posts
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  • cubbymoore 1 May 2013 14:33:28 36,504 posts
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    Have you ever had jungle fever?
  • President_Weasel 1 May 2013 14:33:46 9,656 posts
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    I;m not actually sure if they're allowed to ask about mental health problems - although having worked in a call centre, a) don't, and b) it's a high pressure environment where you're treated like a cog, and it's a bad place for someone with a hisotry of anxiety, depression, and stress-related problems.
  • LeoliansBro 1 May 2013 14:34:11 44,956 posts
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    Yes, it's to assess whether you'd be better off working from home.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Deleted user 1 May 2013 14:34:46
    Yes they can, you don't have to answer them accurately.
  • pacrifice 1 May 2013 14:35:16 1,174 posts
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    @Deckard1 lol, I'm good.

    Those questions seem rather invasive.
  • Whizzo 1 May 2013 14:35:36 43,352 posts
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    It doesn't ask the most pertinent question : "why the fuck did you apply for a job in a call centre?"

    This space left intentionally blank.

  • Deleted user 1 May 2013 14:35:38
    Or it's for their insurance. The person selecting the applicant won't see that answer.
  • DFawkes 1 May 2013 14:47:19 24,047 posts
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    Not sure of your specific circumstances, but it'd certainly be illegal for a company to ask about anything unreleated to the job role (citation). However, I'm fairly sure Recruitment Agencies have a way around this. As they're an Agency, they can say they need to know all this to know what jobs you can do. Still not 100%, mind.

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  • neilka 1 May 2013 14:48:39 16,527 posts
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    Do you like films about gladiators?

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

  • nickthegun 1 May 2013 14:49:54 61,298 posts
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    The continuing employment adventures of Pacrifice

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  • Fake_Blood 1 May 2013 15:29:13 4,446 posts
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    Oh man, you're going to have to tell them about your crippling heroine addiction.
    I always put my addictions under 'hobbies and interests'.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 1 May 2013 15:35:49 2,302 posts
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    @Fake_Blood I've got a crippling heroine addiction, and it's got so bad that it now affects my work. I hope nobody walks into the office while I'm gazing at my A1 hentai She-Ra poster mid stroke.

    Edited by midnight_walker at 15:37:08 01-05-2013
  • Fake_Blood 1 May 2013 15:38:47 4,446 posts
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    See i'm so addicted I don't properly know how to write anymore.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 1 May 2013 15:39:33 7,020 posts
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    They are allowed to ask, but then they open themselves up to discrimination claims especially as these questions touch upon issues around disability:

    https://www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights/types-of-discrimination
    https://www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights/how-you-can-be-discriminated-against
    https://www.gov.uk/definition-of-disability-under-equality-act-2010
  • FuzzyDuck 1 May 2013 15:42:09 4,890 posts
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    Having worked in a call centre for about 6 months before, I can see the use of them asking the first three questions as you'll more than likely experience at least one of the three from the sheer thought of having to go near the cunting place on a daily basis.

    I would say those questions are a bit overly invasive though.
  • Deleted user 1 May 2013 15:46:23
    DFawkes wrote:
    Not sure of your specific circumstances, but it'd certainly be illegal for a company to ask about anything unreleated to the job role (citation). However, I'm fairly sure Recruitment Agencies have a way around this. As they're an Agency, they can say they need to know all this to know what jobs you can do. Still not 100%, mind.
    Being mental or diseasing the phone for the next operator is relevant to the job.

    Edited by Aargh. at 15:46:43 01-05-2013
  • Dirtbox 1 May 2013 15:55:31 79,184 posts
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    Working in a call center will help you get a tick next to each and every thing on that list.

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  • smoothpete 1 May 2013 16:05:20 31,826 posts
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    They should add:

    "Do you often smell really bad?"
  • smoothpete 1 May 2013 16:07:30 31,826 posts
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    "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?"
  • smoothpete 1 May 2013 16:09:39 31,826 posts
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    "Would you kindly pick up that phone?"
  • Dirtbox 1 May 2013 16:12:41 79,184 posts
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    When I was an IP engineer for the MoD and police networks I had to fill out a million forms that skirted around a single question - Are you a terrorist? Y/N

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