Before the interview: they want your social security number via the internet, and a personality test.

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John in Gilbert, Arizona

124 months ago

What is going on with their practice of collecting your SS# when you apply on the internet? This isn't common practice!

And before the interview, they want you to take a personality test and a mechanical reasoning test.

I thought that the interview was a time for both the employer and the job candidate to gather more information, in order to see if there was a good match. It seems that U-Haul collects more personal information about you than is customary!

I'm not sure if this company has any respect or even cares about their employees.

What do you think? Is this practice legal or ethical? Would you want to work for a company that treats potential employees like this - even before the interview?

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Senior Citizen in Atlanta, Georgia

124 months ago

It is not illegal to ask for your SS# but it is highly unethical to do so until the time when you have been hired and are filling out the proper tax forms.

If any business asks for your SS# before this point, simply tell them you do not wish to give it out.

Other than tax forms and credit checks, there is no legitimate reason for anyone to have your SS# and even then, they have to have a signed document by you to use that number for the purpose. Government authorities are the only exception.

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Hoping for employment in Havelock, North Carolina

124 months ago

I just got done with an interview with Uhaul. They ask you your SSN again after you are hired. When they recieve your application it only has the last 4 digits showing. I'm not sure why they ask before they hire you but I was told they can only see the last four digits.

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been there tried that.... in York, Pennsylvania

124 months ago

I appplied a few months ago--and it didn't dawn on me---I just thought that it was their policy---i didn't do well on the mechanical test---and wasn't even given the time of day after that!!!!

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123 months ago

Senior Citizen in Atlanta, Georgia said: It is not illegal to ask for your SS# but it is highly unethical to do so until the time when you have been hired and are filling out the proper tax forms.

If any business asks for your SS# before this point, simply tell them you do not wish to give it out.

Other than tax forms and credit checks, there is no legitimate reason for anyone to have your SS# and even then, they have to have a signed document by you to use that number for the purpose. Government authorities are the only exception.

WHO CARES! WHAT ARE YOU...A TAX ATTORNEY!?

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Shauwney in Frederick, Maryland

122 months ago

Hoping for employment in Havelock, North Carolina said: I just got done with an interview with Uhaul. They ask you your SSN again after you are hired. When they recieve your application it only has the last 4 digits showing. I'm not sure why they ask before they hire you but I was told they can only see the last four digits.

They ask for your social only to check the database for previous employment. That's all

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Steve in Orlando, FL

113 months ago

Local U-Haul operations run a bogus manager trainee ad to get better qualified counter help...I went through the complete application process and the manager at the location I applied informed me of this. What do you think about this, has it happened to anyone else?

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dc3886 in Havelock, North Carolina

113 months ago

This seems about right, they are a horrible company. I wouldn't tell my worst enemy to rent a truck from them.

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nfx in Ocala, Florida

106 months ago

1) Online application questions:
Tip: only choose a few "experience fields", the fewer you select the fewer aptitude test questions you will have to answer. There is no time limits on the questions, if you don't know an answer just look it up online.

* You will need to pass the tests in order to even be considered for the position (if you did not get a call they either filled the position or you did not pass the tests).

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greggf06 in wilbraham, Massachusetts

93 months ago

NFX in Ocala, Florida said: 1) Online application questions:
Tip: only choose a few "experience fields", the fewer you select the fewer aptitude test questions you will have to answer. There is no time limits on the questions, if you don't know an answer just look it up online.

* You will need to pass the tests in order to even be considered for the position (if you did not get a call they either filled the position or you did not pass the tests).

I just applied ! 01/05/10 i checked at least two dozen boxes and then had alot of questions to answer ! After doing very well on all of them, on the very last question thier system says ERROR and boots you off ! You dont even know if they got your info or not ! Very sad for a company that large to have such a mediocre web site !

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chell507 in Phila, Pennsylvania

24 months ago

I dnt feel as though u should have to give your ss# until you've been hired. I guess thats why i haven't been hired.

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Jack Campbell

22 months ago

I applied for this job as well. Was told that my "personality profile" was not right for the job.. whatever that means. The questions of the test didn't even relate to the job. I was searching on Indeed about these type of tests, and someone posted a website that is helpful, and which Im going to use next time I have to go through one of ridiculous processes again. worth a look..
employment-coaching-institute.com/wordpress/

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mrdfox in Apex, North Carolina

28 days ago

Hoping for employment in Havelock, North Carolina said: I just got done with an interview with Uhaul. They ask you your SSN again after you are hired. When they recieve your application it only has the last 4 digits showing. I'm not sure why they ask before they hire you but I was told they can only see the last four digits.

With your name, birthdate and last 4 digits of your social, bad guys can easily get into almost any of your most life critical accounts such as bank accounts, utilities like gas, electric, internet, television, etc... they can get into your medical history, all kinds of stuff. There are bad guys out there taking advantage of this odd and unreasonable practice as well. Be especially careful of off-shore recruiting agencies posting fake jobs just to gather as much of your identity as possible. No matter what my financial situation or how great the job sounds I adamantly refuse to give my birthdate or ANY combination of my social. PERIOD. It is sad that so many organizations use this shady practice and even some government organizations (see my post in this thread regarding North Carolina State. They are missing out on great candidates because of it. Good luck to you all.

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mrdfox in Apex, North Carolina

28 days ago

Senior Citizen in Atlanta, Georgia said: It is not illegal to ask for your SS# but it is highly unethical to do so until the time when you have been hired and are filling out the proper tax forms.

If any business asks for your SS# before this point, simply tell them you do not wish to give it out.

Other than tax forms and credit checks, there is no legitimate reason for anyone to have your SS# and even then, they have to have a signed document by you to use that number for the purpose. Government authorities are the only exception.

I don't know about this... there are labor laws that say otherwise. To prevent discrimination of age employers have no right to know your birthdate. They are not supposed to expect your full birthdate because it would reveal your age. Also, it is HORRIBLE practice to ask for any combination of birth date and social security number (which could easily lead to identity theft). I am thoroughly annoyed at North Carolina State by the way. They detour you over to governmentjobs.gov, they ask for last 4 digits of your social and they ask for your birthdate. I contacted HR directly over there and one of the HR administrators over there emailed me the application form directly and stated they understood the concern but without all mandatory fields filled in my application would NOT be considered. When I looked at the form it was the very same inappropriate data they were asking for. It is disgusting to use this practice. To use this as a way to avoid illegal immigrants (which is what I believe they are doing) puts US Citizens at risk. Until North Carolina State gets their act together I recommend not doing business with them at all.

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