K Mohan @ Moga
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Even this challenging situation would ease
Antecedent verification of a prospective employee is entirely a different issue. In Government organizations, a police verification is carried out through the District Magistrate concerned. The private companies may also be having a system for checking antecedents.
On lighter vain, we can hazard a guess about the reasons. The employers may be having a positive and a negative list about the professions of the parents. Though the children of high Government officials working in departments having something to do with the functioning of the companies may be in the positive list, the children of parents having a nuisance value like a police officer or a petty politician may be kept in the negative list.
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There must be divergent views on this question, some will justify this question in interview citing things like organization will have better understanding of the candidate's background etc etc.
In my view, this question is totally un necessary and smacks of unconscious bias in minds of recruiters. Your mother or father's profession - what has it got to do with your job ? Actually nothing. There is no established correlation between parents profession and candidate's performance at job. A candidate may have humble background but crack an IIT exam, or become IAS topper. Or, a candidate may have a very rich background- but it may not gurantee good performance.
In my view, recruiters must not have any bias with respect to candidate's background etc, and just focus on his qualifications, experience and capability.
Probability a theory based on Assumptions and Negativity(Elimination). It is used in the evolution of atomic theory.--- Bhushan
I personally know of someone who was refused a job(campus placement) despite having qualifications and merit, simply because the company told them that they were looking for a candidate who could bring in business contacts from their personal life (they were looking for someone from a business class family), while the candidate was an orphan therefore didn't have those kind of contacts beforehand.
This is a very pertinent question and many aspirants get confused over this. In some cases, I find people hiding the fact with a misconception that they may not get the job if both parents are employed or in some cases, parents are illiterates.
Parents earnings and qualifications are nothing to do with your selection. It is only to work out the data/census regarding the number of candidates applied and their backdrop. In interviews, such questions are asked to make you ease at the situation and to be comfortable. They can assess you very easily by the way of your presentation and body language and the family back drop.
The same logic is more applicable for armed forces personnel.
"If you are killed in action, you go to Heaven. If you win, you rule this Earth (as beautiful as Heaven). That is why, O son of Kunti, take a firm resolve and fight!"-- Shrimad Bhagwad Gita