Answered by Minde, Hiring Expert at The Schwan Food Company, on Thursday, May 7, 2015
Please know that some employers are required to ask these questions due to the nature of having certain federal contracts. It is helpful for us to have this information. In our situation, hiring managers, recruiters, and other interviewers do not even have access to this information, and it is reported only in the aggregate. Providing this information is helpful, and should never be used in hiring decisions. Federal requirements are now extending to disability status and veteran status, so you may start to see those questions pop up. Again, we recruiters and hiring managers do not see the information, and honesty is helpful!