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Questions Employers Cannot Ask

In the same way that there are questions that an interviewer can ask, there are those that have to be avoided. Some are not permitted by law. It is often not realised that some questions are strictly off limits as far as employers are concerned, so it is important to be prepared for them.  

If you do encounter them it is your choice as to how you respond. Some people will respond to them anyway, but you may find it helpful to simply ask how the question is relevant to the job for which you are applying.

This is a list of questions that shouldn't be asked of you.

  • Your age - questions about our age are not allowed during interview because it should not be a factor upon hiring you.

  • Your marital status - marital status is irrelevant and could be mistaken for sexual harassment. Also, questions related to whether or not you have children, your child care plans and so on, as well as any question about any part of your personal life unrelated to your ability to being hired.

  • Your personal health - this is also off limits.

  • Your ethnicity -  should not be queried by an interviewer or answered by the person being given the interview.

  • Your sexual preferences - cannot be a factor in determining your chances of being hired either. 

  • Whether or not you have disabilities -  is an  area that should not be pursued.

  • Your arrest record - is information that doesn't have to be answered. All an interviewer can ask you is if you have ever been convicted of a crime, they cannot ask you what for or how many times.

Essentially,personal information cannot be sought by an interviewer, and you do not have to respond.