/ Asked by Tanya
Are my political views (Democrat or Republican) relevant in an interview?
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Thursday, August 20, 2015
Good question and timely with the election coming up!  I would avoid bringing up your political beliefs in an interview.  Unless it's relevant to the job (Ex: senator internship, PAC, etc) it should not matter and most employers value different perspectives working together within an organization - that strengthens the work that is accomplished.  If it is important to you, I would simply research the company and learn what their values and mission statement is as well as their senior leadership.  Just be sure you can connect with the values and leadership within any organization you are considering.  Good luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Thursday, August 20, 2015
While everyone has a right to a political opinion, I'm not sure an interview setting is the best place to voice those opinions. Aside from the fact that bringing up politics can create immediate bias, it also may not be the best use of time during an interview.

Rather than spending time voicing your political views, you should focus on using that time to sell your experiences and skill set to the person interviewing you. You have a limited amount of time to convince the interviewer that you are the right person to fill the open position - use that time wisely! For these reasons, unless you are interviewing for a job in politics, I recommend keeping your political views to yourself. 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, August 21, 2015
Unless the job is working for a political candidate or party, your views are absolutely not relevant and should not even be discussed.  Focus on your qualifications for the position and if such a subject comes up during the conversation, try to deflect and direct the conversation back to the job and how you feel that you are qualified for the job.  If, for some reason, it is discussed and you feel that you were not treated fairly because of this, I would look into what legal recourse you may have.  As a best practice though, it is not relevant and should not even be mentioned.
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