A friend of mine recently applied for one of those advertised prison officer jobs. A couple of days ago he got a phone interview, during which the interviewer questioned him closely about his past, especially relating to any convictions. Fair enough. Then she asked about traffic convictions, something I would have thought was out of bounds unless it amounted to a criminal offence like dangerous driving, drink-driving, etc. But no, she wanted to know ALL his speeding offences throughout his life. Thinking he was on safe ground, he down-played it a bit, but admitted to several. The interviewer then said, "Are you sure you're telling the truth? Haven't you had more than that?" "No." he says. "Well we know you have. That's the end of the interview. Goodbye." So. Did she have his police record in front of her, complete with demerit point convictions, and if so, should she have? Bear in mind this is a private operator, not the police or the government doing the interviewing. I know various jobs require police checks, but should employers have access to our traffic conviction records? And make employment decisions based on that?