During job interviews, employers will try to gather as much information about you as possible, so there's bound to be some questions that will require you to think.
But it's the simple questions that are often most harmful, and even illegal.
Any questions that reveal your age, race, national origin, gender, religion, marital status and sexual orientation are off-limits.
"State and federal laws make discrimination based on certain protected categories, such as national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, disabilities, arrest and conviction record, military discharge status, race, gender, or pregnancy status, illegal. Any question that asks a candidate to reveal information about such topics without the question having a job related basis will violate the various state and federal discrimination laws," Lori Adelson, a labor and employment attorney and partner with law firm Arnstein & Lehr, told us.
"However, if the employer states questions so they directly related to specific occupational qualifications, then the questions may be legitimate. Clearly, the intent behind the question needs to be examined.
"It is often easy to infer what the interviewer is really trying to find out from an otherwise illegal question. For example, if the employer asks “Are you a U.S. citizen?”, this question is a violation of the law. Although, the employer may just be (albeit very inartfully) attempting to find out whether the applicant is authorized to work in the U.S. The applicant can simply respond, that “That question is in violation of the law, but yes, I am authorized to work in the United States.”
If you are asked any inappropriate questions, Adelson advises not to lie, but, instead, politely decline to answer.
"Could they not give you a job because of that? Sure," Adelson says. "But if they do, they would be doing exactly what they're not supposed to do."
We asked Adelson to provide us with some illegal interview questions that are often mistaken as appropriate and judicial.
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Mar 21 2012 submitted by Sydney Austin