News: Irrelevant to ask the marital status of women candidates during interview: Report

Diversity

Irrelevant to ask the marital status of women candidates during interview: Report

The survey mirrors the mentality of the working youth who believe that employees should be hired based on their talent and not marital status.
Irrelevant to ask the marital status of women candidates during interview: Report

After a certain age, female candidates are often seen facing questions about their marriage plans and marital status during job interviews, which in turn affects their selection process too. So, an online matchmaking platform Betterhalf.ai conducted a study to find out how women look at this. According to the survey, 83% of the respondents believe that recruiters asking female candidates questions about their marital status is inappropriate. 

According to the study, 89% of the respondents believe that both men and women should be financially independent before getting married. On the other hand, only 6% could agree that men should be the sole bread earner. Furthermore, 5% of the respondents believed that women can be breadwinners. The survey clearly shows that a sea change is developing in the minds of the young working professionals who believe that financial independence is essential before marriage.

According to the official communique, the findings clearly reveal that the Indian youth does not share the corporate's view that female employees change their priorities after marriage and can hamper the company's growth. 

In today's world of women empowerment and equality, these discriminatory practices can hinder the entry of women into the workforce and speak volumes of a company's attitude towards its female employees.

Commenting on the findings, Pawan Gupta, CEO & Co Founder, Betterhalf.ai said, "Women are breaking the glass ceiling in the workplace across the globe, but practices like these can prevent talented women from finding a job. Marriage affects both men and women, yet men are not subjected to such interview questions. As the tide is turning and progressive organizations are coming to the fore, restricting women's entry based on their marital status should be discontinued from hiring processes."

The respondents further stated that one major challenge of a partner also being a colleague is blurring the lines between professional and personal lives as often official problems are brought home, especially if partners work for the same team. 

The survey mirrors the mentality of the working youth who believe that employees should be hired based on their talent and not marital status. It is the youth's opinion that marriage and work can continue frictionless. 

Read full story

Topics: Diversity, #PowerWomen

Did you find this story helpful?

Author

QUICK POLL

What are the top work tech investment focus areas for your company currently?

How are you helping to build the future of work?

READ our latest issue for perspectives on the many facets that form tomorrow's workplace.