Susan Heathfield, shares a story of a clueless candidate she interviewed. (He listed his wife as a reference–depending on who did the dishes the previous night, that reference may or may not have been positive.) She asks for additional stories about bad interviews.
I think there are equally frightening stories from the worker’s side of the table. Once, an interviewer asked me, “Do you need health insurance?” I was young and naive and didn’t realize what he was really asking. By answering, he could easily ascertain my marital status. While the EEOC won’t come after you for discriminating on the basis of marital status, the state I lived in would. He was being so clever and I was so naive I answered the question, honestly. (Yes, yes, in fact, I do need health insurance, as I may get hit by a truck/get pneumonia/develop a life threatening hangnail tomorrow.)
I didn’t get the job. (Just as well, it would have been intensely dull and boring and who wants to work for such a person?)
If I’m ever asked that question again, I know how I’ll answer it: “Does this job offer health insurance?” That turns the tables back on the interviewer and removes any legitimate reason he may have had for asking in the first place.