First, I would like to say that I agree with the question. I get very irritated with these stupid questions. I try my best to answer to the best of my ability, but it makes the job hunting process very tiresome. MomInTheMiddle asks for an example of a stupid question. Let's see .... Do people do many things that annoy you? Uh, do you get more annoyed or more angry? Have you ever had a cash shortage? (Not placed in context-I am having a shortage of cash right now, but they probably mean for a cash register operator. I would understand the question if I was applying for a cash register position only.) What I really can't stand is when I am given only yes or no check boxes for questions that are obviously too broad. Will my answer be held against me in a court of law?
If people, who have experienced months of fruitless job hunting, started asking the same questions when they require services or products from the stores or businesses, it may stop.
For example, at the store, ask a manager if an item is the best product available, then ask again three more times in the next five minutes. Ask about the return policy two or three times, ask about animal treatment and suppliers' past criminal background. Ask the manager for his criminal history, including misdemeanors, and driving record. Tie up all their time and then don't buy anything . If they say thank you, come back, stop look them them in the eye and say absolutely nothing.
After all, your dollars they need. There are plenty of other places to shop. I rarely go into stores and buy anything anymore. I am too busy filling out endless stupid questions.
Really, because they can is not an excuse. I will remember the trouble I am having finding a job from these people. And when I spend my dollars, they won't see them frequently. I think it's a joke.
What's worse is when I owe tens of thousands of dollars for the last 5 years of college and the stiff employment computer screening filters me out because I haven't paid for and taken a "Work Keys" or similar test. ( I finally did do that, by the way . Has it paid off? I am not qualified to answer that, probably, because I don't have a degree in cow manure.) Good Luck.
P.S. I think the drug and Background check are sufficient. The credit check I would fail because I acquired some debt years ago working from sunup till sundown. I acquired some considerable good reputation doing excellent contractor work for a couple of companies getting contracts from HUD. The first lost the contract with HUD and declared bankruptcy. HUD said they didn't do what they were supposed to. The second company said I was thier best employee, but they were going to cut pay for my services. Ahh-hmm. right. I quit. (NewsFLASH- a couple of years later the local paper announced that HUD "loses" 59 billion dollars! So nowadays I have poor credit. big deal. I had excellent credit before that. I tried to work it out with credit card companies. They were thick as a brick on any help. So, "Do many people do things that annoy me?" Well, I wish a law would be enacted prohibiting stupid questions which do not allow at least a page for explanations. Credit check, hah! Look around, there isn't much of that. either way.