Certain interview questions are illegal under federal laws & some state and local laws.
Have you ever been asked an inappropriate question during a job interview?
How did you react? What did you do?
Would you know if an interviewer was asking you an illegal question?
Questions interviewers are not allowed to ask you:1. How old are you?
Although employers are allowed to ask if you are over the age of 18, they cannot ask you directly how old you are.
Additionally, American workers over the age of 40 are covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
, which prohibits discrimination against workers 40 and older.2. Are you married?
Questions about marital status are prohibited. Sneaking in a question such as
Do you prefer to be addressed as Mrs., Miss, or Ms?
is not allowed either.3. Are you a U.S. citizen?
According to The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
. It is OK for an employer to ask an interviewee if they are authorized to work in the US, but they cannot ask about citizenship and immigration status
during the hiring process.4. Do you have any disabilities?
This question is illegal according to The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
. Employers cannot discount anyone from a job because of a physical or mental disability. The law requires that employers accommodate disabilities unless they can prove it would cause significant difficulty or expense to do so. Employers also cannot ask you if you have had any illnesses or operations in the past.5. Do you take drugs, smoke or drink?
Employers are allowed to ask if you have ever been disciplined for violating company policies about the use of alcohol and tobacco products. They can also ask you directly if you use illegal drugs. What they can't ask for is information about your use of prescription medications.6. What religion do you practice?
It is illegal to discriminate against an applicant because of religion or religious beliefs.7. What is your race?
There is no situation in which questions about an employee's race or skin color should be use to determine their eligibility for a job. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
makes employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin illegal. Employers are allowed to ask an employee to reveal their race on a voluntary
basis for affirmative action purposes.8. Are you pregnant?
An employer can ask about an employee's availability or commitment to a position by asking about long-term career goals or the ability for an employee to work overtime and travel, but questions about pregnancy are of limits according to The Pregnancy Discrimination Act