ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
You scored a job interview, so now it’s prep time. Your interviewer will ask you a lot of questions, but certain interview questions are illegal. Be careful of how you respond because the questioner might not intend to offend or ask an illegal question, and if you decide to take the issue up in court, it is all about an employer’s intent. The whole point of a job interview is to get the job, so it is best to know what the parameters are to ensure you are not caught off guard. If you are asked an illegal question, rephrase it to answer it in a more appropriate way.
Three Illegal Questions
3 illegal questions to be on the lookout include:
- What religious holidays do you observe? While potential employers can ask if you are able to work on Sundays, a question regarding your religious affiliation is illegal.
- Are you married? It is illegal for employers to ask about your marital status. Furthermore, this type of question can reveal information about your sexual orientation, which is also illegal.
- Do you have kids? It seems innocuous enough and possibly even friendly, but it has no place in the interview process. Employers cannot ask questions about an applicant’s family or possible plans to have a family.