If I were the interviewer, I would never ask password or pregnancy questions. Rude or unlawful questions are awful to ask and awful to deal with, no argument there.
As job candidate, my goal is how do I handle the question and get the job offer. I certainly may rethink wanting the job later, but not during the interview, when I stay focused on making a good impression despite it all.
Yes, an inappropriate question can also be against the law to ask, and having the grace to reply without ending the interview is a sign of personal and professional skill.
Any inappropriate question on a job interview—password or pregnancy—is the stress interview personified. You are deliberately put on the spot with a difficult question, and how you handle it shows how professional you are.
“Password? Accounts require members to agree to ‘Keep your password confidential,’ and I keep my promises. Likewise, just as you may want me to keep your trade secrets and have some non-compete clauses that you ask of me, I will be honoring those commitments to you. I am sure you can appreciate that my word is my bond.”
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