Recently, someone said to me that during interview with the HR, chances are they will also ask questions that are related to religious sentiment.
I'm from India. What type of responses can I reasonably make when I am asked this type of question?
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"I don't see how does that matters for this interview".
To which he may have two kinds of replies.
1. Well I just asked casually.
To which you should say
"Sir/Ma'am, I think the question is coming from a genuine part from your end, but I would happy if we are not discussing this.
2. Well we need this information for our further processing.
To which you say,
"Sure. Please don't mind, but can I know in detail about the process'.
The answer to the above question would be a tie breaker. If he/she has a 'real' need for your religions information (ex. Government/state legislated rule or company policy) you can go ahead with it share the minimum of detail (your religion and NOT your belief).
Depends on where do you take the interview.
In most western countries questions regarding religion, sex, etc. are illegal therefore you are free to kindly remind them about the law. In the real life, however, such questions require two action items from you:
If a country where laws do allow such questions, why don't ask why do they want to know? The question must be with a reason.