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Tip of the week: Avoid assuming genders of significant others in conversation

REASON: During an interview, if banter leads to discussing significant others / partners / spouses – avoid assuming gender. Consider if you assume the wrong gender. Applicants in the LGBTQ+ community will be forced to choose between two potentially uncomfortable options. Either they correct you, thereby forcing them to inform you of their sexual preference even if they did not intend to do so, or they don’t correct you and endure the anxiety of ‘hiding’ their sexual preference. Quick side note: this tip applies when the topic naturally comes up - NEVER ask about significant others / partners / spouses as that will open you up to compliance and legal issues.

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