We Asked Readers For Sexist Things Said To Them At Job Interviews And They Shared These

We asked the women among our readers in an Instagram post for sexist questions asked at job interviews, and this is what they said.

We asked the women among our readers in an Instagram post for sexist questions asked at job interviews, and this is what they said.

Sexist questions are regularly directed towards women while appearing for an interview. These may be about their life choices or status, or about their families. In several interviews women also tend to receive vague feedbacks about their appearance, or sexist remarks on their communication style.

This disparity on how men and women are addressed in interviews clearly shows how our culture views women at workplaces – not as equal human beings, and not as professionals.

What is with the double standards? Along with sexist questions and comments, women are also considered ‘arrogant’ when they express what they expect from the job, or ask for a higher pay package.

The most ironic part is that women are urged to follow their goals in the name of ‘women’s empowerment’, yet time and again they are reminded by their male counterparts that some occupations aren’t suitable for women.

Here’s a list of 21 actual questions that were asked of women – we asked our readers for sexist questions asked at job interviews, and this is what they had to say.

1) Being constantly asked about marriage plans

Never miss real stories from India's women.

Register Now

2) Having to deal with double standard comments

3) Being mom shamed and constantly directing questions of efficiency as a working mom

4) Receiving unsolicited comments for wearing makeup

5) Indirectly stereotyping women as ‘gold diggers’

6) Being told women are less hard-working than men

7) Slyly using sexist language and labelling women as “weak”

8) Never ending sexist remarks on women’s body and body shaming them

9) Passing pervasive comments about choosing a male dominated profession

10)  Asking several questions about women’s relationships

11) Stereotyping women and reducing them to a mere housewife

12) Moral policing women for being ‘aggressive’ or ‘competitive’

13) Passing comments on women’s looks and objectifying them

14) Penalising and rejecting them for just being a woman

15) Displaying late night work etiquette as masculine defensiveness

16) Being judged and questioned about husband’s profession

17) Asking offensively ageist comments and comparing them to their male counterparts

18) Directing questions about women’s personal life and hardly considering their qualification

19) Indirectly asking questions that are hinting at women’s marital status

20) Being constantly asked about childcare plans

21) Being considered a ‘maternity risk’

Image source: Hindi short film Unfair/ Rajesh Pai actor on YouTube


Want to grow your business, rise in your career or learn as you grow? Sign up here to receive our best tips, tools & exclusive resources for women @ work!

Are you a woman entrepreneur doing cool stuff? Fill up our form here and we may feature you! To join the entrepreneur group in your city, simply whatsapp us at +91 7022826757 with your name, city, and 1 line about your work.


About the Author

19 Posts | 72,280 Views

Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!

All Categories