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6 Types Of Illegal Interview Questions To Watch Out For

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Did you know that there are interview questions out there that might SEEM legitimate but are actually illegal? While there are some that are clearly inappropriate, not all of them are so obvious.

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Here are a few types of illegal interview questions you should watch out for during your next interview.

1. Questions about your family life.

  • Are you married?
  • Do you have any kids?
  • Are you pregnant?

2. Questions about race.

  • What’s your nationality?
  • What race are you?

3. Questions about religion.

  • What church do you attend?
  • What is your religion?
  • Are you religious?

4. Questions about your living situation.

  • 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?

5. Questions about your gender.

  • Are you male or female?

6. Questions about your age.

  • How old are you?
  • What’s your birth year?
  • When’s your birthday?

Why These Questions Are Illegal

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.

Why Interviewers Ask Illegal Questions

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

How To Prepare

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.

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Ariella Coombs Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.