Jean L. Serio CEIC, CPC, CeMA, CSEOP published the article below in which she highlighted the irrelevant questions that some interviewers ask candidates such as their salary history.
What does the salary history tell about the candidate? I agree in full with you Jean because no two jobs have identical requirements. The applicant also may have expanded her/his skills admirably and is worth much more now. There are economic factors as well such as inflation and living cost and purchasing power.
History does not cover what the applicant accomplished after the previous appointment. It seems when the illegal repeats it becomes the norm.
This led me to think of the various forms of irrelevance and their intention.
Imagine that I draw a point on a paper and I ask you to draw a straight line passing through the point would you do? On what basis did I assume it is a straight line? Assuming it is a straight line, how would you know its direction such as upwards or downwards?
This type of irrelevance we practice. Somebody told me that even though his brother did not smoke one cigarette in his life he died of lung cancer. The man continued saying you see cigarettes do not cause lung cancer. One case and the man dared to draw a straight line conclusion.
Recently we heard of many people who objected to the use of the mask because few people who put on the mask got infected by the virus. Their conclusion was that masks do not protect.
Not all irrelevant information is based on ignorance. Sometimes do them intentionally to distract attention from the main issue. We observe this behavior in negotiations and in politics to divert the attention of the public.
Not all irrelevances share the same degree of ignorance. I recall publishing a post about patient people praising their persistence. One comment scored hospitals for being unkind to the patient. I did not know what to reply for it was obvious the comment was irrelevant to the post and that the commenter did not read the post.
It seems that assumption leads the reader to comment without verifying his assumption.
The biggest paradox is that with the rapid flow of information, irrelevance still thrives.