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To complain about being asked age in an interview?

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Whitlandcarm Tue 30-May-17 18:34:03

Recently had a job interview with a large supermarket chain. I was asked my age which I answered. I didn't get the job, but I could tell they'd already found who they were looking for as they were completely disinterested and sat on desks instead of chairs. Glad that I got a better paid job which will be more enjoyable.

Shall I complain about being asked my age? AIBU?

pasturesgreen Tue 30-May-17 18:52:44

I don't understand. Surely your CV includes your DOB anyway? confused

hula008 Tue 30-May-17 18:53:55

Of course your CV doesn't need to have your Dob on! Unless it pertains to the Europe (i.e. Being over 16 in a supermarket etc) they don't need to ask you your age.

peachgreen Tue 30-May-17 18:54:14

I don't get why them sitting on desks instead of chairs means they weren't interested?

Jupitar Tue 30-May-17 18:57:22

I was told by an employment agency to take my DOB off my CV, they said I shouldn't have put it on there. I don't see the difference it makes as they could roughly work out my age from my job history.

No idea what the rules are during an interview though.

OdinsLoveChild Tue 30-May-17 18:57:50

pasturesgreen no CVs no longer have your dob on them.

OP I wouldn't complain personally but they shouldn't have asked your age. If you feel they deliberately discriminated against you based on your answer then you could complain but as you said you felt they had already employed someone then I dont see what it would achieve.

BabytoBoris Tue 30-May-17 18:58:40

Do you feel that you were discriminated against or disadvantaged due to your age? If yes then compain.

ilovesooty Tue 30-May-17 18:59:05

Of course CV s don't have DOB on.
And you shouldn't have been asked that question unless all the candidates were asked.

MrsHathaway Tue 30-May-17 19:03:31

Only relevant once you've been offered the job (to make sure they're paying you at least NMW).

Exam passes should be dated because eg an A was more impressive before A* came in.

However, if they think it's appropriate to ask then it's not an environment you want to work in so you've dodged a bullet. Do consider feeding back, though. HR/management may have no idea that the interviewers are doing this.

MrsMarmite1234 Tue 30-May-17 19:05:11

Isn't it illegal to ask?!

TyneTeas Tue 30-May-17 19:07:36

There was an interesting article about this on the BBC recently

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39818120

FakePlasticTeaLeaves Tue 30-May-17 19:15:18

I would complain, or they won't have any repercussions.

MikeUniformMike Tue 30-May-17 19:17:49

Definitely complain. In a letter. It's ageism.
You could also tweet.

MumIsRunningAMarathon Tue 30-May-17 19:20:39

Surely workplace needs to know if a candidate is under 18 though?

MrsHathaway Tue 30-May-17 19:31:57

Then the question is "are you over 18?" not "how old are you?"

flossyfloss Tue 30-May-17 19:33:06

Then they can ask are you over 18? It is illegal to ask how old you are - definitely complain

Haffdonga Tue 30-May-17 19:40:23

You wouldn't use a CV to apply to a large chain supermarket these days anyway. All their applications are done on their online forms which do ask for a DoB.

Having said that DS2 was offered a job at a supermarket interview (after having to build a tower out of spaghetti hmm )which was promptly withdrawn when they asked his age as he was under 18 and it involved working on the alcohol section. So they clearly don't read their own forms.

PhyllisNights Tue 30-May-17 19:42:13

Firstly, no one should state their age/DOB on their CV, but most recruiters can tell through education dates.

Secondly, some jobs have age requirements, like 18+ if they're selling alcohol and don't have enough staff in place to authorise.

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