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Questions employers should never ask in interviews

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2019 | Employment Law |

Getting an interview is no easy feat. Some corporate listings get as many as 250 applicants. Out of that number, approximately one out of every six candidates will get the chance to interview for the position, with one ultimately landing the job.

If you are one of the lucky few to get an interview, you should feel exceptionally proud. However, you also need to remain vigilant of your rights. You may not have the job yet, but that does not mean an employer will avoid discriminating against you. While it is illegal to discriminate or harass during the interview process, plenty of employers still do so. Here are some questions that are subtle forms of harassment that you should watch out for.

When did you graduate high school?

Most employers know they should not ask someone directly about her or his age. They will still try to get around it by asking questions like, “What year did you graduate high school?” Employers cannot discriminate against someone based on his or her age. An employer may want to have an office full of young people, but that does not mean you have to disclose your age in the interview process.

Have you had any serious illnesses over the last year?

Some employers will not hire someone if they worry that he or she will need to take time off to deal with an illness. Under no circumstance are you required to disclose your medical history. The power to go on disability is a right you have in the event you become ill, so your boss should not make you feel bad about it.

Will you need time off for certain religious holidays?

A hiring manager cannot discriminate on the grounds of religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, race or national origin. Employers should avoid any and all questions about such topics. While the boss may want to know just to see if shifts require coverage, it is illegal under every circumstance.