Business interview practices question - survey's need Social Security numbers now?

I went into a job interview to Menards, and the first bit of paperwork they asked for was a 'survey' that had 25 questions that basically asked if I was a thief, drug-user, or drug dealer. That's fine in itself, but they demanded I put my full social security number on the 'survey' because they needed the record.

Is this standard interview procedure now? And should SS numbers be attached to 'surveys'?

For the record I pointedly asked if they needed the SS number for it, and they said yes. When I refused the 'interview' was over. Walked out feeling like I was accused of being a thief and drug dealer and didn't do a good job defending myself. Why do they need my SS number attached to such a blatantly offensive questionnaire for? So if they believe I steal or deal drugs, they can go to court have documentation that I denied I was over a dozen times?!?!? What is the point of making employees think they are working for a company that is hypersensitive about them being thieves and druggies? That even a malicious rumor will get you fired?

3 Answers

  • 6 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    You have a perfect right to not share your SSN on some random survey that you have no idea where it will end up. It is within your rights to politely say, "I'm sorry, but I'm sure you understand that I protect my SSN carefully, and am happy to provide it farther down the process, but feel uncomfortable putting it on a survey form." And then if they end the interview because of that, realize that they would NOT be someone you would want to work for anyway, it's better to find that out now, and move on.

  • 6 years ago

    Good for you. PS I have seen tests like this, they are appalling. One question asked, 'on which day of the week are you most likely to steal?' There was no box to say 'I don't steal on any day of the week.' LOL

  • Daro
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    U are just a number now.

    Thats what SS # was intended to be all along. Gov lied then and they still do.

    Notice identity theft grows at the same rate SS # becomes more useful.

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