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The question | What they are looking for | How to answer | See also

 

The question

Do you plan to have children?

Are you married?

Will you be taking time off when you have children?

How would having children affect your work?

What they are looking for

This is a tricky question, especially when asked of women, where it can easily be construed as showing bias and can hence be legally dangerous.

The question is likely to be based on a concern that you might take time for maternity or otherwise be distracted by family life.

It could also be asked to test how you respond to tricky questions and how you stand up for yourself.

How to answer

If you suspect foul play, then you have a choice either to answer carefully or bounce back the question. If you do answer, then a non-committal response is best.

We have no plans to have children. It is not something that we have thought about, really.

If you feel that you are being tested for how to respond to bias or that there is real bias here, then you can bounce this back.

Why do you ask?

You know that could be construed as showing bias. What are you seeking?

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