How to avoid ‘gambling’ in a job interview
Experts advise hiring managers not to waste time asking job candidates about their gambling habits, because this can be misleading and can actually be a sign of a job applicant’s lack of integrity.
The problem is, the job interviews are a critical part of the job search process.
They’re the opportunity to see who the candidates are, to hear from them, to get a sense of who they are, and what they’re interested in doing.
Job interviewers are asked to ask candidates about gambling habits in order to help them answer their questions.
But, experts say, interviewing is also an important part of hiring, and interviewing is something we all do every day.
“Job interviewers should be asking candidates if they’ve ever been involved in gambling,” said Lisa Hahn, an employment lawyer and associate professor of law at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. “And they should be being really careful about it.”
Hahn says that when an interview is conducted, job seekers should be expected to answer questions on a topic-by-topic basis, and not just answer them in a general way.
She says the interviewers need to ask a few questions that could be construed as asking the candidate to tell a specific story.
“There are many situations that might lead to a candidate not being able to be candid with the interviewer, and that is not necessarily an indication that that candidate has engaged in a pattern of behavior,” she said.
Hahn advises hiring managers to be careful not to get caught up in the “gambling question,” because the answer may be misleading.
“It’s not a legitimate question.
The interviewer is not going to tell you the truth,” she told CBC News.
“So, you don’t want to go there.”
Job interview questions about gambling “I know I’m not a big fan of gambling, but I bet you have a lot of friends that have been,” she says.
“What about you?”
If the candidate has a gambling problem, they might say, “I’ve been on a lot that’s made me think about my life a little bit more, and I’m going to be honest about it and say it.”
She’s also asked to say how she feels about gambling, and whether it affects her daily life.
Horsing around on a couch or sitting in front of a TV can all trigger gambling thoughts.
“If you’re in a casino or a casino room, you’re not in control of your life, so it’s probably not going in that direction, but there are a lot people who do that,” Hahn said.
“You’re not going out there and gambling.”
Job applicants who answer yes to gambling questions “I’ll bet you’ve got a few friends that you have some gambling friends that live in the same town that you live in,” Hahns says.
So, the interviewer will ask the candidate about how often she gambles, and how much she does.
If the job candidate answers in the negative, it’s a good sign.
If it’s positive, it means she’s a regular gambler, or that she does not have a gambling issue.
And if it’s ambiguous, or there are questions about whether she is gambling, that could indicate she doesn’t have a problem.
“For a lot more specific questions, it may be a little hard to get into,” Hahs says.
The questions also help job applicants assess the candidate’s work ethic, and their ability to work effectively as a team.
And they’re a great way to assess someone’s confidence.
Hahans says job interviews can be a tricky place to start.
“People do not want to be the guy who goes, ‘Well, what did I do?
Did I do the right thing?
Did my job?
Did that person really work?’
And you can say, ‘No, that was the wrong thing, that’s a mistake.
They didn’t do the job that I thought they would,'” she says, adding that the interviewer is a better judge of a candidate’s worth than a job candidate.
“When you’re trying to gauge someone’s worth, it is very important that you don, in fact, go and find out what the person’s job is, because you’re going to get more information out of that person,” she adds.
But Hahn warns that the job interview questions can be hard to answer.
“The question you might get is, ‘Do you have an opinion on gambling?
Do you think that people should be able to gamble?
Do people have to?’
And that’s not going into the question about whether they should or not, but whether they are or not,” she explained.
“This is not the kind of thing that you can really get an answer to in a single, simple question.”
Hahens advice to hiring managers is to start by asking about a candidate with a gambling history, rather than a candidate who’s a non-gamblers.
Job applicants with gambling histories are usually more qualified for a job than candidates