I am in the country where "where do you live" question is illegal to ask during hiring process. Despite that, sometimes interviewers do ask that. What is the best way to respond?
This question, in my experience, is mainly asked to guage your travel times (and -methods), so the hiring officer can include a guesstimate of the travel expences compensation they would pay you.
I wonder where you live that such a question would be illegal, as well as why it would be, but this is not relevant to OPs question.
To answer the question: i would reply along the lines of "I live within X miles of this location, and will be travelling by car". This gives the interviewer the information they need, without disclosing any personal information
That's an odd question to ask, an odd question not to answer, and an odd question to be illegal.
Almost all resumes that I have seen (in 3 countries) tend to include the address or the at least the city where the candidates live anyway, so it seems in many countries a perfectly normal thing to disclose in the first place.
As a hiring manager, I would look a this primarily to gauge need for relocation and viability of commute. Obviously the decision of whether a commute is acceptable or not lies with the candidate, but if it turns out to be a 4 hour/day monstrosity I would prefer to have a conversation about it. Job satisfaction correlates fairly well with commute time (https://www.inc.com/business-insider/study-reveals-commute-time-impacts-job-satisfaction.html) so I would want to understand whether this requires some accommodation or if we can be creative to ease the pain. At the end of the day, this needs to be a good fit for both parties so everyone can be happy.
If it's an illegal question (no idea why), you have the following options
- Refuse to answer. That's perfectly within your right, but unlikely to help your employment prospects.
- Just answer it. If it's in your linkedIn, phonebook, resume anyway, there is really no point in hiding it. At some point you will need to disclose this anyway so you might as well do it now. There may be specific reason why you don't want to answer, but I don't know what it is
- Ask for clarification, but stay polite and constructive and assume good intent. Maybe something like "I'm not sure I understand how my place of residence relates to this job interview. Would you mind explaining what you are worried or concerned about ?"
Of course you can always say "that's an illegal question, you are not allowed to ask this", but that reduces your chances of getting the job to basically zero.