Dinesh Divekar
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I am asking this question because i myself have faced that. Not that, i do not have good qualification or experience. I had the both with my profile loaded with several awards given by previous employer for good performance.
In my job interviews, I hv been asked the questions about pregnancy, family planning, illnesses etc by the interviewer. In one interview, I have been asked to get a medical certificate from the Doctor also.
At times, I do not understand what went wrong. They had the vacancy, my profile suits the role exactly.. also the interview went good. Still no outcome... that's frustrating for a good talent. Now, i have started thinking would i ever be able to continue my professional life or has it ended already.

Keep looking out for professional org. If one has talent, there is not stopping !! in fact, many profressive org encourage gender diversity by reserving some positions for females only.
However, it is sad to know that such discrimination is mostly done by HR fraternity members in majority of cases. TC & dont lose hope.

Dear friend,
It is unfortunate that you are going through the series of bad experience. It appears that these are all unprofessional companies.
Keep on trying. Neither should you get cheesed off nor despondent. May you be destined to get better job hence so far you have got negative replies. There is dearth of good candidates in the job market.
By the way, have you done SWOT analysis of yourself? Is it that wherever you attended the interview, employers might found out some weakness and they started asking these unwanted questions. If there would have been some overriding strengths, they would have selected you right away without bothering much about your family issues.
I recommend you checking appropriateness of your CV, your communication skills, job knowledge etc.
All the best!
Dinesh V Divekar

Dear Anonymous,

Decades have been passed but WOMEN are at a disadvantage compared to men in some aspects and this discrimintaion is either done Consiously or Unconsiously. It takes it different foms of processes when esp., its a female & married.

Employers pose such bigoted questions which is itself prejudiced to the women being penalized. to gender stereotypes -- women are devalued making them feel paradox.

Questions that posses gender discrimination:-- Starting a family, Pregnancy, Childcare, going home early, caretaking of older members at home etc. There is no oscillate for females, they've got hundreds of things to TAKE CARE OF FAMILY. Working for a Family is also the same. Then the solution is simple. Answer to the inetrviewers fairly about your thoughts, that your marriage haven't yet "Put an end to" your willingness to work as your FAMILY IS WELL SUPPORTIVE. Accept thier questions and retort affirmatively.

Companies which donot look over such gender bias will definitely be an Equal Oppurtunity Employer. Although women still have to face such similiar challenges impeding few employers.

Hello All,

I have pursued regular MBA in HR. Got placed through campus with a consultancy as a recruiter. It being a campus offer I did not have much choice but to take it up since I was getting the desired location (Pune). Now core recruitment was something I never wanted to get into so was looking for opportunities into training. Fortunately, I got one and have joined as well after working for 5 months as a recruiter. Prior to MBA I had worked for 21 months in paint industry as a product trainer.

Now the problem is, I would be getting married in 4 months time and I have just joined this company which unfortunately works at a very slow pace and does not have enough work for me and again I am not able to enjoy my work. Apart from that, I am getting a lot of pressure from parents to come back home as I have been staying away from them for 8 years.

My concern is that if I quit my job again now, I would face problems in getting a new job after marriage. Alternatively, if I decide to omit my current job from my CV, it would reflect a gap of 6 months from my previous job.

What do I do?? Kindly suggest

I am not a HR person nor do I live in India. When a UK minister has said that female doctors put a burden on NHS Female doctors who work part-time after having children put NHS under strain - Telegraph you can imagine what profit making organizations will be thinking.
Dear Sneha,

You seem to be really confused about what you want to do. You have stated that your preferred location was Pune and so, you took up a job offered during Campus interview even though you did not like the job. I am sure that campus offers are not obligatory and you could have rejected the offer and waited for a job that you liked.

Similarly, you say that you are getting married in 4 months and you are being pressurized by your parents to move back home. Please may we know where you are from and where your would be husband is working? What happens if your husband is transferred; will you be near your parents?

You also do not seem to like the slow pace of work. People who change jobs so quickly will be always at a disadvantage, unless they can convince the interviewer why they kept changing jobs. Similar would be the case with people having gaps in their employments. Telling a lie is an option; however, it's an option that has its own perils. It requires someone with a profound memory to ensure that they say the samething all the time.

Dear Simhan,
Thanks for replying. To answer your queries, my fiancee is an Architect and has his own firm in Pune. So relocating is ruled out. I understand that I would find it difficult if I take a break. Let me be very frank here now, the job I am engaged in currently is not something I can't sacrifice. The thing I am worried about is that if I decide to take a break and quit my current job as a trainer which I just joined last month its best I omit it from my CV. But at the same time my previous experience mostly highlights my experience into recruitment. Now, if I search a job after my marriage I would get opportunities again only as a recruiter which I don't want to. What do I do then? Are there any companies/consultants in Pune which hire freshers into training? If not, then how do I develop my skill set to get the desired role?

Dear Sneha,
I second Simhan, the opportunities might dry up. Finding a job in Pune is still easy, till you have one. Employers tend to avoid the applicants with a break. Try and hold on to the role, and then shift once you find a new one. Wish you all the best !

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