Women seeking jobs in the private office of Microsoft founder Bill Gates were reportedly asked sexually explicit questions as part of the vetting process.
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The job interviews were reportedly conducted by Concentric Advisors, a company hired by Gates Ventures.
The WSJ report notes that the inappropriate questions were asked in an attempt to weed out any potential employees who could blackmail or exploit Gates. It is not known when the women were interviewed for jobs or how many sexually explicit questions were asked.
“Furthermore, any implication of any connection between Bill Gates’ personal history and an independent background check process identical for men and women is outrageous,” the spokesperson concluded.
The Daily Mail Concentric Advisors denied that female applicants were treated differently from male applicants.
The company said that sexually explicit questions are not part of the usual screening process and that applicants are free to talk or not talk about their personal history.