Monday, 10 September 2012

Job Opportunity, 1960's

Going through some old boxes at the office, I recently came across an "Application for Employment" from 1955, and an "Interview Guide" from 1963.  (I know - apparently others thought these documents too good to throw out). Anyway, I really had a good chuckle reading these forms. 

Here are some examples of now illegal questions:
  • Does you wife/husband work?  His or her earnings per week $________
  • Do you own your own home?  If yes, describe.
  • Pay rent?  Monthly rent $_____________
  • Own a Car?  If yes, describe.
  • Do you have a personal budget? 
  • Do you have any debts other than those for current living expenses?
  • Have you maintained a systematic savings program?
  • Do you feel you have made satisfactory economic progress to date?
  • Do you have any physical defectsIf yes, describe. (I had to read this one twice!)
  • Were you ever arrested?  If yes, describe in full. 
  • Record of education (from ELEMENTARY school no less)
  • Were you in the armed forces?  Rank at discharge.

This secretary must have had a good budget, no physical 
defects (that she admitted),
and did well at gym in high school.

They were really keen to know how you behaved as a teenager too -
  • In what school activities, e.g., clubs, sports, newspaper etc. did you participate?
  • What offices if any did you hold in these clubs or athletic organizations?
  • When you were a student, what did you do during vacation periods?

Your formative years apparently made a big difference on what sort of mischief you got up to as an adult
  • To what clubs or social groups do you now belong?
  • What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
  • How do you usually entertain your friends?
  • What do you usually do evenings at home?

Oddly enough, the questions about previous employment were general.  Where - when - what.

I won't be the one to toss these papers - they're so much fun to read.  I'll leave them packed away for someone else to find years from now.

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