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6 Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid

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6 Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid

Wondering which questions you’ll be asked during your job interview? You should expect the usual ones, such as “Where do you see yourself in five years?” and “What’s your greatest weakness?” But then there are more colorful questions, such as “What animal best describes you?” and “If you were stranded on a desert island,...

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    msgates

    about 3 years ago

    8 comments

    Truth is, they can ask ANY D(#)# thing they please and there's nothing will be done about it--unless you yourself can afford a lawyer and are able to *prove* the illegal question was asked.

    I have had numerous interview where 'shenanigans' were pulled and there's not a thing that can be done about it. TODAY, employers hold ALL the cards. In bad times, the authorities(state and federal) are overwhelmed with cases in addition to getting their budgets cut to enforce the law. In Good times, just move on to the next employer, because there's someone else who will need your talents.

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    dotymed

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    If you have been convicted of a "DUI", over twenty years ago. do you have to reveal that?

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    uncchris

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    In the case of government positions that require the ability to obtain a security clearance, it is legal to ask if the person is a US citizen as it is directly related to your ability to do the job (you can't do the work without a clearance, can't get a clearance without citizenship). It IS still illegal to ask other related questions, i.e. are you a natural-born or naturalized citizen, where are you from originally, etc.

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    ecarbajal

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Great information for anyone seeking employment. Keep them coming!

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    aplumey

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    THAT'S RIGHT ONCE I HAD A PERSON THAT DOWNLOADED A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS FROM A HUMAN RESOURCES WEBSITE AND SHE CLAIMED THE QUESTIONS WERE RELIABLE. BUT, HONEST WHEN SOMEONE ASK IF YOU ARE IN CONTEST WITH THREE PRICES ONE CRUISE, FLIGHT, CAR WITCH ONE WOULD YOU WANT AND WHY?

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    mhill1055

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    check it out

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    mhill1055

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    REVIEW

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    jeremys

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Some of these questions are familiar to me, but it is uncommon in my experience to face these kinds of questions in an interview,

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    agentedmonds

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Hmmm, every government job application has a REQUIRED block asking for CITIZENSHIP, in particular US CITIZENSHIP.

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    jsmitchell007

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This was some very good information. I have also been asked some of these questions and did not feel comfortable answering them.

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    celet

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Too many online applications are required, with many asking for date of birth or year of HS graduation, which gives a good ballpark of a person's age. If we choose not to answer, how can someone apply for a position and not have it kicked out for being incomplete!? I believe this is done to eliminate older applicants from the pool as they could have higher group insurance premiums. This discrimination is also illegal.

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    Gibson

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Thanks for the information. I have been asked some of those questions before. In the furture I will be better able to relates to these questions.

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    Naturen

    about 4 years ago

    16 comments

    For GovCentral: From my understanding GovCentral is powered by Monster (which has had security breaches - the last one that I recall was in 2006-2007). I also question the birthdate concerns that msmars raised:

    msmars wrote:

    "If these are questions to avoid on the interview I have one question for GovCentral Why in our profiles is our Birth Date asked for and displayed. This is not a cool thing to do, and I'm totally against it! As a job site this should not be asked for any of us to divulge. Even if it's a social site this is a huge NO!!!! It needs to be corrected!"

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    Naturen

    about 4 years ago

    16 comments

    Question for GovCentral: What about the public sectors' job applications and interviews? Specifically, I have learned from friends and Colleagues that some applications require that information on when one graduated from high school be included. What this means is that the company is able to determine the age of the individual that may result in age discrimination.

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    amandahill

    about 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Haven't had this probablem with any government jobs yet, but apparently I've been asked all sorts of illegal questions for part time jobs at stores and stuff while I was in college (cough, Target, cough). Stuff about my personal life, mental health, etc. Good thing to know these are actually ILLEGAL, rather than just creepy. Wish I knew that then.

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