Many job applications ask for your Social Security number and date of birth.
You don’t have to give that information when you apply. You don’t have to give it until after you’ve been interviewed and received a conditional job offer.
Because it might eventually save time in background checking, many employers ask on applications for personal information that employment law attorneys say they really shouldn’t get at an early stage in the hiring process.
Depending on how much you want the job, you’ll have to weigh choices. You could give out personal information and hope to avoid identity theft or discrimination. You could leave blanks where you don’t choose to share and hope they won’t toss your application. You could try to tell the employer why you’d prefer to give that information when they want to hire you.
If you decide to fill in the requested blanks, do it with care. Some tips: