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Old 28th January 2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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When an interviewer asks : " What will prevent you from getting this job " ?

What exactly is he saying ?

I interpret it to mean " Is there anything preventing you from getting this job such as babysitters , transportation , ect .

What do you think ?
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Old 28th January 2010, 11:05 PM   #2
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Gawd !!! I think interviewers think it's cool nowadays to say down right stupid things !

I would ask " Can you clarify, do you mean transportation or childcare issues ?' To give THEM an easy out, because the only Real answer to: what would prevent you from getting this job, would be " Stupid interview questions like this one ?"

Otherwise it should be more along the lines of " are there any factors that would PREVENT you from succeeding in this job/doing your best, etc.."
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Old 29th January 2010, 2:23 AM   #3
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Mary, answer the question with a simple answer: nothing. And leave it at that.

This sounds like one of those "look at me, I'm being tricky when I interview people" type of stupid questions. Sadly some people do disqualify themselves by providing too much answer that would potentially disqualify them.

The only logical reasoning I can see behind asking a loaded question like this is:

a) They could be checking out your personal confidence in your ability to do the job.

b) Looking for any one to fess up to having a potential criminal record.

c) They are just twits who like to think they've come up with some kind of hard question for people to see how they would answer it. Some interviewers still seem to believe that it's valid to throw someone off in their interview with a left field question to see how they will react.
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Old 29th January 2010, 2:34 AM   #4
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Blackfrost is right. The correct answer is, There is absolutely nothing preventing me from getting this job -- I am the ideal candidate because.... And here you fill in WHY you are the best person for the job.

This is NOT a question asking you about transportation or babysitting issues. It is a leading trick question to see if people answer something negative.

At no point in an interview should a potential employee bring up the idea that there might be some personal issues that would interfere with a job; there are no transportation issues, babysitting problems, or personal problems. They want a worker bee who will be there at the appointment time -- how they get there and any problems that might be happening at home are entirely inconsequential.
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Old 29th January 2010, 3:38 AM   #5
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"You you deciding to employ someone less qualified, less suitable and less capable but a whole lot cheaper."

Alternatively, wearing a quizzical look on your face (the Spock eyebrow trick is usually good at this point) and merely saying....
"Clarify....?"

I was asked once whether it was going to be a problem for me, fulfilling my obligations with two young children and a husband to feed.....

I asked him - "If I was a 41-year-old male, would you be asking me that question?"
He fumbled a bit and admitted that, no, he wouldn't......
"Right," I said. "We can move on then....."
I got the job.....

They might be asking you this question, because (as often happens) they'l invest time, finances, training and effort into integrating you into the company - and 4 months later, you're expecting a baby.....

This is a perennial problem for employers.
They have their hands tied with regard to sexual discrimination, but at the same time, it's got them over a barrel.
They're in a no-win situation.
It costs employers thousands, every year, to accommodate young, ambitious, successful and talented young ladies - who then mess the system up by becoming mothers.
So maybe that's the 'hidden agenda' behind asking you that question. because coming right out with - "Are you intending to start a family any time soon?" is illegal.

Just an input.....
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Old 29th January 2010, 4:01 AM   #6
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I was asked once whether it was going to be a problem for me, fulfilling my obligations with two young children and a husband to feed.....
I was asked almost that same question more than once over the years except it was with children and a wife. In those cases it wasn't about discrimination.


Mary3, my best guess is that Blackfrost likely has the best answer.
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Old 29th January 2010, 4:26 PM   #7
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Mary, answer the question with a simple answer: nothing. And leave it at that.

This sounds like one of those "look at me, I'm being tricky when I interview people" type of stupid questions. Sadly some people do disqualify themselves by providing too much answer that would potentially disqualify them.

The only logical reasoning I can see behind asking a loaded question like this is:

a) They could be checking out your personal confidence in your ability to do the job.

b) Looking for any one to fess up to having a potential criminal record.

c) They are just twits who like to think they've come up with some kind of hard question for people to see how they would answer it. Some interviewers still seem to believe that it's valid to throw someone off in their interview with a left field question to see how they will react.
That is how I answered the interviewers question : " There is NOTHING preventing me from getting this job ", as I looked the interviewer right in the eye "

I thought it was some type of intimidation factor but I was not intimidated.
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Old 29th January 2010, 4:28 PM   #8
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Blackfrost is right. The correct answer is, There is absolutely nothing preventing me from getting this job -- I am the ideal candidate because.... And here you fill in WHY you are the best person for the job.

This is NOT a question asking you about transportation or babysitting issues. It is a leading trick question to see if people answer something negative.

At no point in an interview should a potential employee bring up the idea that there might be some personal issues that would interfere with a job; there are no transportation issues, babysitting problems, or personal problems. They want a worker bee who will be there at the appointment time -- how they get there and any problems that might be happening at home are entirely inconsequential.
You may correct me if I am wrong but isn't it illegal to say to a female interviewee " Are you going to have kids or do you have a babysitter for these kids ? " . I thought there were questions that border on being illegal...Great advice though thanks everyone
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Old 29th January 2010, 4:31 PM   #9
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Gawd !!! I think interviewers think it's cool nowadays to say down right stupid things !

I would ask " Can you clarify, do you mean transportation or childcare issues ?' To give THEM an easy out, because the only Real answer to: what would prevent you from getting this job, would be " Stupid interview questions like this one ?"

Otherwise it should be more along the lines of " are there any factors that would PREVENT you from succeeding in this job/doing your best, etc.."
I told my best friend what the interviewer said and she said " The only thing preventing me from getting this job is YOU ? lol...
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Old 29th January 2010, 5:14 PM   #10
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Guess you have to gauge the room.

With my current employerer, if they threw me that question I'd be comfortable saying, "A smoking pair of double D's, lawl!"
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Old 29th January 2010, 5:17 PM   #11
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I interpret it to mean " Is there anything preventing you from getting this job such as babysitters , transportation , ect .
yes that is what s/he means - the correct answer is "nothing that i know of at this point in time..."

you may embelish it if you want
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Old 29th January 2010, 11:03 PM   #12
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Mary, answer the question with a simple answer: nothing. And leave it at that.

This sounds like one of those "look at me, I'm being tricky when I interview people" type of stupid questions. Sadly some people do disqualify themselves by providing too much answer that would potentially disqualify them.

The only logical reasoning I can see behind asking a loaded question like this is:

a) They could be checking out your personal confidence in your ability to do the job.

b) Looking for any one to fess up to having a potential criminal record.

c) They are just twits who like to think they've come up with some kind of hard question for people to see how they would answer it. Some interviewers still seem to believe that it's valid to throw someone off in their interview with a left field question to see how they will react.
I agree with this except for adding to b). It's not just criminal records they're looking for. It's possible that people were fired with cause, who aren't admitting to it.
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Old 14th February 2010, 12:24 PM   #13
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"You you deciding to employ someone less qualified, less suitable and less capable but a whole lot cheaper."

Alternatively, wearing a quizzical look on your face (the Spock eyebrow trick is usually good at this point) and merely saying....
"Clarify....?"

I was asked once whether it was going to be a problem for me, fulfilling my obligations with two young children and a husband to feed.....

I asked him - "If I was a 41-year-old male, would you be asking me that question?"
He fumbled a bit and admitted that, no, he wouldn't......
"Right," I said. "We can move on then....."
I got the job.....

They might be asking you this question, because (as often happens) they'l invest time, finances, training and effort into integrating you into the company - and 4 months later, you're expecting a baby.....

This is a perennial problem for employers.
They have their hands tied with regard to sexual discrimination, but at the same time, it's got them over a barrel.
They're in a no-win situation.
It costs employers thousands, every year, to accommodate young, ambitious, successful and talented young ladies - who then mess the system up by becoming mothers.
So maybe that's the 'hidden agenda' behind asking you that question. because coming right out with - "Are you intending to start a family any time soon?" is illegal.

Just an input.....
Wow, this is so wrong on so many levels.

Firstly, the question you were asked was illegal and never should have been asked.

Secondly, FMLA rights are in place to protect those that are pregnant while working.

If an employer is coming ANY WHERE close to touching on these two things they should be immediately reported to the EEOC.

The question is asked for the reason another posted said, to have you sell yourself to them about your wonderful qualifications as well as seeing if you disclose any red flags about some "areas of opportunity" that they want to be aware of.
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Old 14th February 2010, 5:34 PM   #14
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When an interviewer asks : " What will prevent you from getting this job " ?

What exactly is he saying ?

I interpret it to mean " Is there anything preventing you from getting this job such as babysitters , transportation , ect .

What do you think ?
Yep, just like the other posters said: "Nothing will prevent me from getting this job."

Interviewers like to ask trick questions like that. It's annoying! Another one I get alot is "What do you think you will struggle with most if you are hired for this position?" or "What do you like least about this position?"
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Old 14th February 2010, 5:47 PM   #15
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Wow, this is so wrong on so many levels.
I completely agree

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Firstly, the question you were asked was illegal and never should have been asked.
Mild "syntax error":
The question asked IS illegal.
The question I was asked WASN'T illegal at the time of asking. This took place around 20 years ago, when the question would have been considered tactless, inappropriate and unskillful, insofar as interviewing is concerned.
You're right, he shouldn't have asked it. hence, my response....
But it certainly would break the law now, without a doubt.



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The question is asked for the reason another posted said, to have you sell yourself to them about your wonderful qualifications as well as seeing if you disclose any red flags about some "areas of opportunity" that they want to be aware of.
I'm reading an exceptionally good book titled "The Rules of Management" by Richard Templar. Comfortingly, and English book by a British author.
In it, he says that no matter how nice people are when you interview them, you're not interviewing them as a person. You're interviewing them to employ them for their skills.
One good question he advises Managers to ask potential employees, is:
"Ok, so we understand why you need to work. We all need to work. But, tell me why do you think you need to work here?"

I think that's a staggering question to ask.
It's a mind-boggling question to BE asked....
Be prepared to answer that one, even if you never get asked it......
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