" They get too personal, ask right back. They don't like it, well, you wouldn't like working there anyway "
ohh dear, aren't YOU the trouble maker.
but .. yes. they squim quite a bit when one entertains the effort of a proper "job interview". because, since they are intending to make quite some tidy profit on my labor, it would follow amy work is worth more than they are paying me, and therfore the one whose assets are at risk is not the employer, but the skilled employee.
peter op's that an HR dept that can't take some heat is useless staff, in a useless company , led by useless management.
my funnest question is to ask "how did we come to find this position open ? "
if the old fellow died or retired, it's all good, but if he drug up, ohh boy ... watch them dance.
without fail they blame the old employee.
then i ask why, since he was so valuless, and they apparently hired him, are they qualified to know a proper technician if they saw one ?
(they are useually not)
Ken is quite right, in that some places are not worth being at.
there are other places that are good and decent, but not flexible enough to accomidate individuals coming and going for long periods. these shops make better customers for consultation and project based work than full time employment.
it goes on and on.