Fortunately, in a work context, its illegal to discriminate against someone just because they dont have a romantic partner. Questions about marital status are among those proscribed by the Equality Act of 2010. An interviewer should never ask if youre single.
Is it rude to ask someone why theyre single?
Asking someone why they are still single is a popular first date question. But it actually comes with a lot of negative implications. Dating expert Erika Ettin says it suggests there is something wrong with being single, and you should avoid talking about exes at all when you first meet someone new.
Is it rude to ask someone if they are in a relationship?
Generally, asking someone about their relationship status is pretty rude. You may have the best intentions on asking about that ex or inquiring about whether or not someone has tried Tinder/OK Cupid/joining a church group to meet someone new, but it is only going to make the single person uncomfortable.