It would seem to be common for labels to be used beside input fields instead of asking an explicit question, to convey what information the user should fill out a form with. Since this is common practice, is it a good thing though it may be unnatural?
For example when filling out a form:
Country of birth: ___________
Last employer: _________
Which country were you born in? _____________
What is your birthdate? ___________
Who was your last employer? ___________
Specify the country you were born in: _____________
Specify your birthdate: ___________
Specify your last employer: ___________
In forms, is it better not to phrase it as a question even though in ever day speech you would ask the question if you wanted to know the information?