Are you doing a background check? Not yet.Are you offering me a job? Notyet.Why do you need my social security number? We've always requested it.Ok, I'll give you the social security number when you need to have it - either when you offer me a position or when you decide you need to do a background check as prerequisite for hiring me.Sir, we need to have your social security number before we can proceed.Why?Company policy.Personal policy dictates that I do not share my personal information with just anyone to put into their files. When you offer me a position or need to do a background check prior to offering me a position, I will provide the social security number.I do not think anyone has ever questioned this policy, sir.
We continued the interview process without the social security number. Only moments after continuing, though, I was surprised to find out the interviewer did not know Illinois was a state or where Illinios was. I can only hope the contempt I felt for her ignorance did not display itself as we completed the interview.
Social security numbers are pretty important. It might not hurt me to share it with strangers I don't know. It just might. World Geography is a major handicap for a good portion of America but I think we should all have a pretty good idea about national geography. Shouldn't we?