to come to point if the companies are so worried about female employee going on maternity leaves, they why dont they recruit only male for their jobs.
This is a joke or what.
Tomorrow they may even ask, when you are getting married, how many kids you plan to have, when you plan to have first kid, how many leaves will you take for marriage.
Taking leaves cannot be prevented, if some emergency happens then employees may be absent for more than a month, at such time company needs to be with employee and support the employee rather than withdrawing their support for such things.

From India, Pune
Hello Everyone...
I just went through the rather heated discussion regarding the ethics behind that question. Would just like to add that although i feel its ok to ask such a question towards the end of an interview, it was definitly inappropriate as a second question.
Besides, its an important question bcoz my org. is also facing such an issue. A recent hire who joined us 3-4 months back in a crucial HR function has gone on maternity leave for 6 months during a time when her workload wud be maximum, which i feel leaves the org. back to square one. As it is, its difficult to retain and attract ppl so orgs. definitly need to keep such things in mind while recruiting.
However, as HR we need to be well conversed in the art of tactful interviwing. I think its a basic pre-requisite.
Rgds,
Richa

From India, Mumbai
Hi Rose,
There is nothing unethical about this question, it's only that it was asked too early. Some companies while hiring female staff are very careful because afterall they invest in trainings and it takes time to familiarize the staff with company environment, so to be on the safe side sometimes questions like these arises.
And remember before accepting any offer the ball is in your court, so chill and don't think too much about it.
Regards,
Fahd Khan Sherani

From Pakistan, Karachi
Hi Rose,
The question asked is Unethical,
What is the meaning of are you planning to have Kids,
It is a Personal question & any one who ever it might be,
Should not peep into personal lives of others.
Regards
Shekar

From India, Hyderabad
Had you been in US, you could have sued that lady for millions of dollars. :D :D
It is unethical to ask any question which intrudes the privacy of a candidate or even any question related to race, age or religion.
So, just chill.

From India, Mumbai
well..
what should i say..
i have been demoted from my job.. (and probably forced to quit)
the reason being i m pregnant....
no, no.. they didn't mention that as the reason for the demotion, they mentioned it was due to my inability to complete certain tasks..(which... u know... )
anyway, just a diversion from the atcual topic, but it was really shocking and it hurt when this decision was told to me...
wish me luck.

From India, Delhi
what type of industry do you work, im interested to get more details if you wish. I would like to get more information. Kindly do PM me.
From India, Pune
In life there are no absolutes.
The culture of different countries/organizations determines what is ethical or unethical. They reflect its values. You see it could be important to them to know the answer for clarity if there is some important time bound project/initiative.
We in India should be fairly comfortable in answering such questions.
Yes, it is an awkward question.
Regards,
Sunil Chandra

From India, Gurgaon
Hey Rose,
I know its a sad state of affairs with our HR, quite a few times I have come across such people who cant even frame the right question,in the right manner. Or are not competent enough to judge you. but then the question in your case was just not framed right. thats all.
From the company's point of view, yes they do invest a lot in you, only to go through the whole process once again in a few months time.
Thanks to the high attrition rate.
It depends a lot on the right person interviewing you, if you are fortunate, that is...
:!: :)

From India, Mumbai
Dear Prabha Please let me know what type of industry you are working and let me have the details to enable me to help you, if possible. Regards L.Kumar
From India, Madras

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