How to Determine If An Interview Is Getting Too Personal

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“This position requires some overtime- will you be able to make arrangements for your kids?”

Read: “I don’t know if you have kids, but I will from this answer.   I’ll also know if you can answer late night emails or if you’ll be prepping for the science fair.”

How to respond: If you do have kids, you should disclose that information, because it inevitably will come up down the line.  However, use your answer not just to give the names of your little ones, but also to point out how you have balanced motherhood and great performances in your past experiences.

*Special Note: Single ladies, you are not off the hook with this one- employers may also use your response to gauge if you are planning for kids in the near future or if it’s a distant thought.  Keep in mind the implications of making either impression.

So Mesdames, what are some questions that let you know the interview was getting too personal with you?

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