Germany is considering a law that would prohibit employers from reading and using Facebook profiles during interviews. While I do believe that employers shouldn’t discriminate based on what they find on the web, I don’t think that future employees should be lured into believing that what they post in a public forum will not be used against them. What I don’t know is whether the German government is just restricting Facebook or if tweets and blogs are included. Why stop at the Internet. Why not prohibit asking about anything you’ve done publicly? I don’t think the Internet should be treated as a safe haven of places to say stupid things.
While I’m mentioning interviews, a friend of mine had an interesting one lately. She went in to talk to the owner of a small business about a job. Everything seemed normal. They made small talk and then chatted about the position. He could only afford to hire her half time. He knew that wouldn’t be enough. So to sweeten the deal, he mentioned that he has a three bedroom condo. That he lives in. But he has extra space. And maybe if things worked out, they could get married.
Yes, he said that.
This guy is probably 30 years older than my friend. Knowing that, he explained he has no problem getting it up.
Yes, he went there.
Then he explained that he had to buy his ex wife and teenage son a condo in the same building so he could spend time with his kid. He likes kids. He wouldn’t mind having more. He even has some frozen sperm just in case.
Yes, frozen sperm.
By this point, my friend was sitting in the interview looking like a deer in headlights. Stunned. What do you say to moving in, getting married, sex with an old guy and having his frozen sperm children.
She got up to leave. On the way out, he gave her a once over and said, “You could stand to lose a few pounds.”
I’m still flabbergasted. I am hardly ever at a loss for words, but I have no idea how I would have handled this situation.
What would you do?