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to the editor. Sir, —I a lady friend who has nude ] application for examination as a shorthand | writer and typiste at tiie forthcoming examination for. entrance to the Public Service. I .She forwarded . her application to iieadi quarters and duly received in lepiy an apji/iI cation tcnu, in which are a number ot paiI ticulars she lias to fill in. Amongst ouier I questions, she has to give her height, (without boots), chest measurement (with lull inspnation air.l also expiration), aud her weiglit. As she is a .ittle sensitive, she is wondering whether a. tall 'girl or a small girl, one witn l>ig -justs or iid ousts at all, or a hgln-weis'U or a l.tavy-wtiglu, has the best chance of employment. In her cx'remily sne appealed to me to help solve the difficulty. Sue i=uggested that potsibly sin might be required to go to the "Ironl," as she thought these questions were mors applicable to a so.dicr tnan to a typiste. I agreed. But as to being or' any service to hftr m her diffien.ty, 1 was not. I racked my brains, but could not conceive what the height- of, a girl, her chestmeasurement, or her. w sight, had to do with her qualifications for office work a« a '.ypist& or shorthand writer. She '"'is wondering whether it will be uecesiary to get a doctor or professional measurer and weigher to give her the particulars required, as she is very "proper," and would not. mislead by the fraction of an ; nch or an ounce. But, seriously, it seems to me that, these questions are entirely superfluous, and have no right to be- there. If this i<* so, then it would not have been too much trouble for the Government ofheial who forwarded the form to have struck out all questions which were not required to be answered, instead of worrying applicants an to whether tins information should be stipp.ied or not. I can conceive that it may be required for some jobs, but not for that of a typiste. I suppose the fact of the matter i-s that the same old stereotyi>ed official document is supplied to all applicants for employment under the Civil Service Commissioners, and that tho officials are too "' tired " to discriminate in the form as to the nature of the questions which should be asked of applicants. My friend is worrying herself over tho matter, and does not know whether to take the form seriously or not. At the head it saya that all particulars asked for are to be supplied. Cau you h-e.p us irf our dilemma.? —I am, etc., Puzzled. October 26..

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ARE THESE QUESTIONS NECESSARY, Evening Star, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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ARE THESE QUESTIONS NECESSARY Evening Star, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914