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
This is a list of questions that shouldn't be asked of
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Essentially,personal information cannot be sought by an interviewer, and you
do not have to respond.