Add personal info to the interview?
Is it wrong for a candidate to mention that he has 4 young children to feed during the interview.
What if a candidate had worked for firm x for 14 years with a stellar employment record and was laid off because of department shutdown. And has found he was a expert for firm x but most other firms are not interested in anything relating to firm x. So he goes back to firm x when new jobs are posted and during interviews is it wrong to say that his skills relating to firm x were not that important with other firms in the marketplace and that his 13 yrs of experience with firm x should make him the perfect fit?
This is a tough question. If it were me, and I wanted the job, I would focus on the skills and experience I bring to the job. That’s it.
By bringing up the family situation, you put yourself at risk for a few reasons. One, the person interviewing you may have a bias against people with kids — feeling that they may miss more work, perhaps. Two, the person interviewing you may feel that you’re playing a sympathy card. They may resent that. In any case, your family situation is irrelevant to the hiring manager. They’re in business to make money. They may sympathize with you, but it’s a risky move. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Interviews should focus on job skills, and work-related contributions you can make to the employer. It sounds like you would be a great hire based on those factors alone. Employers (in order to avoid been seen as discriminatory) are discouraged from asking questions such as age, marital status, family status or health status of candidates. Likewise, the candidates themselves should not bring those topics up.
I wish you the best!
Laura, HR Writer