Far from coming away celebrating their new dream job, many candidates are just as likely to leave an interview feeling insulted and misled.
This is the verdict of an online survey that shows many jobseekers still get a raw deal at interviews, despite the growth of political correctness and equal opportunities.
It found many potential recruits are left undermined by recruiters' inappropriate and often bizarre interview methods. More than a quarter of the women said they were quizzed on their marital status or if they planned to have children.
The survey of 5,000 candidates by website Totaljobs.com also discovered that 20 per cent were asked questions about a disability or health condition which they felt were inappropriate.
Older workers also feel discriminated against and a number of respondents reported sitting through interviews while seeing their age written or circled at the top of their CV.