Dear Experts, A person I worked with at a previous company reached out to me about a job opening at my current firm. I enjoyed working with her in the past and she's very good at what she does, so I recommended her to my boss. Well, she did great in the interview and got offered the job on-the-spot, which she accepted. She was supposed to start the job tomorrow, but just e-mailed my boss, with me cc'd on it explaining that she has to decline the offer and is taking a different job that is better suited for her. I'm working remotely today (thank goodness) , and have no idea what to say to my boss. Do you think he'll blame me? My boss stopped looking for candidates and canceled interviews after he offered her the job, now he is going to have to start all over. What should I do? Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
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Did you know that there are interview questions that might seem legitimate but are actually illegal? While there are some that are clearly inappropriate, not all of them are so obvious. Don't overlook the different types of illegal interview questions!
Here are a few types of illegal interview questions you should watch out for during your next job interview.
Types of Illegal Interview Questions
Interview questions about your family life:
- Are you married?
- Do you have any kids?
- Are you pregnant?
Interview questions about race:
- What's your nationality?
- What race are you?
- What church do you attend?
- What is your religion?
- Are you religious?
- Do you own a home?
- Do you rent?
- Do you have an apartment?
- Do you have anybody living with you?
- Do you live with your parents?
- Are you male or female?
- How old are you?
- What's your birth year?
- When's your birthday?
- What year did you graduate from high school?
- What year did you graduate from college?
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So, what makes these questions illegal?
First, they have no relation to the job requirements. Second, there are strict laws in place that prevent interviewers from asking interview questions that can be discriminatory.
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Unfortunately, there are bad interviewers out there who will try to slip some of these questions in on purpose (hello, workplace discrimination). There are also some inexperienced interviewers out there who simply don't know these are illegal questions and are just trying to make conversation.
If you're asked these questions, whether intentional or not, it's best to be prepared so you don't get flustered during the interview.
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Sadly, these types of illegal interview questions are asked all of the time during interviews. Not sure how to prepare for them? We built an in-depth interview prep course that will help you understand how to respond to such questions.
We hope this article helps you identify any illegal questions you might be asked in a job interview. Good luck, and keep an eye out for those red flags!
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As a 20-year career coaching veteran who left corporate America and the staffing industry to become an advocate for you, the worker, I have a lot to say about this concept of quiet quitting.
"Quiet Quit" Is Not The Right Term
@j.t.odonnell Replying to @messympath I would NEVER quiet quit, here's why... #nono#quietquitting#quietquittingmyjob#learnontiktok#careeradvice#jobtok#careertiktok#careermode♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
First of all, it's not the right term. If you really want to quiet quit, it's very derogatory, it's very negative, and it implies you're phoning it in. And here's my concern with that. If that's the route you want to go and you want to outwardly give the impression that you're phoning it in, you can't. Because you're a service provider to your employer. They pay you for a service. And if they're in a pinch and they need that service and you're capable of fulfilling that business need while having a checked-out attitude, then everything works fine.
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But if the market changes and your company is in a position to get rid of some people, who are they going to get rid of? The quiet quitters. The ones they don't feel are coming to work with the right attitude or working at the right level.
And that's their prerogative. It's just business.
If you're feeling like you need to quiet quit because your company is taking advantage of you, you need to have a conversation with me about how to set boundaries and work smarter (not harder) while still making your employer happy.
I have worked with lots of women whose definition of success was working 60+ hours a week in corporate America. After having their first baby, they go back to their job and only work 40 hours a week. Then, in their next performance review, they get told their performance was average and they don't get an outstanding rave review, and they're so angry.
In your employer's mind, you took something away. Whether it's right or wrong doesn't matter. That's the perception.
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This is why I'm really worried about all these people who love the idea of quiet quitting. If you don't think it's getting noticed, it is. And if the market shifts, you could see results that you're not happy with.
It's way more important—if you are not feeling good about the environment you're in—to learn how to become what I call a Workplace Renegade. That means an independent thinker, somebody who can figure out the best relationship for them and their company. And if that relationship isn't working for you anymore, then we help you find something else and open up that job for someone who would be happy with it.
Take ownership of your career, folks. Stop being angry at the employer. You have more control than you think!
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