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Can they ask this during an interview?

Has 2 years experience.

During an interview can an employer ask if you need to/plan on getting/using their health insurance policy? I didn't think much of this at first because I had several other interviews where they talked about health insurance benefits, but I don't think asked that question. They told/asked me a couple other things that seemed a little odd too.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Whether you plan to take their health insurance plan may mean you're considering employment "WITHOUT BENEFITS". That usually means a higher starting wage/salary.

Did the employer cite you a starting wage? That might be the difference.

Ele_123

Has 2 years experience.

No, they asked me what my desired wage is. I had already been to a few other interviews and it seems like the starting wage for clinics in the area is about $17/hr, so I told the $17 was my desired wage. The response was "I don't think our nurses make that much, I'll have to ask."

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

I still think that was a ploy to blow smoke re the salary you desired.

WITHOUT BENEFITS you might get your $17. But they'll want you to be specific re the whole BENEFIT package before giving you a number.

It can also be a screen to hide behind if they decide to pass on your application by considering that you're 'too expensive'.

Ele_123

Has 2 years experience.

It can also be a screen to hide behind if they decide to pass on your application by considering that you're 'too expensive'.

This is what I'm thinking too. If they have several qualified applicants the doctors might consider saving the 200ish dollars a month and hire someone who has no interest in a company health insurance policy. The clinic doesn't pay extra for required overtime.

The clinic doesn't pay extra for required overtime.

This would be a larger red flag to me than the question that was asked.

The first thing I thought of is that this is a legal way to ask, "Do you have a chronic illness? Are you going to call in sick a lot?"

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