My wife recently filled in for a week as an assistant/secretary etc. at an office where we know several people, including the top dog, who is some kind of regional manager-type for the company. This fellow was conducting an interview with an applicant one day, and as they were making their way to the exit and the end of the interview the applicant still seemed undecided. So the manager asked him, “So do you talk to the man upstairs?” My wife knew what the guy was really asking, but the applicant was clueless for a brief period, and then kind of exclaimed "Upstairs? Oh, you mean God! Um, uh well, … " “Well, you just talk to him and see if this is the right place for you.” I’m paraphrasing my wife’s version here, of course.
To me, that would be an instant signal that the job was not meant for me, or vice versa. And that is exactly what the question was for. This guy doesn’t want people working there who don’t believe in God. knowing this fella, I would make a much stronger statement about what kind beliefs he wants the people who work there to have, but my wife is more forgiving than me about these things.
My question is, it seems that the question dances very close to if not over the line of what is allowable in an interview. A person’s religious beliefs have absolutely no bearing on the kind of work done at this place. And I think that the manager has phrased it on purpose to seem harmless and encouraging or something.
Does it seem that way to you?