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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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    Naturen

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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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    engineer37

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    thank you very much for this valuable information.............it is very helpful for a job seeker like me .......

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    msmars

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    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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    greagan

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I recall an interview where the long-term president of the company and his HR manager were firing questions at me. The HR manager almost swallowed his tongue when the president asked me how old I was. I said that I would be happy to discuss my experience, etc., but preferred to not respond to "illegal" questions. Without batting an eye, the president kept loudly demanding to know how old I was. I looked at the HR manager and told him that unless my age was clearly relevant to my ability to perform the job in question (and, it wasn't), then we needed to move on before we got to the point where I would be motivated to file an EEO complaint. I
    didn't get the job, but the president's actions demonstrated what it would be like to work in that organization.

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    NICKUSAF

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This is all great info, but what do you do when you were asked these questions in a government interview YESTERDAY? Is their recourse? Where are the references so we can look this info up to determine what makes it illegal...?

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    bwkoelker

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I've actually seen some of the "illegal" versions of questions on applications (online and otherwise) ... what makes that different vs. asking in an interview? I've been asked the relocation question many times, as a lot of the positions I interview for are outside of the area in which I currently live.

    This has, however, enlightened me as to what can and cannot be asked.

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    MsWilburn

    over 4 years ago

    10 comments

    I totally agree, if they know these are illegal questions, who allows them to be asked, yes, I've been asked a few of these when I was attempting to be promoted within the company I'm currently at, I gave them a 'cookie-cutter' response and asked what relevance it had to do with the current position(s). Although the answer comes off as sarcastic, the question was illegal and really didn't merit an answer at all.

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    Yuya0910

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Fantastic, all job ask there, and my question is: if they know about this question are illegal, Who allows this to happens?

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    willboywonder

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    Of course, there are exceptions. Some jobs require US citizenship. How do they get around this if they aren't supposed to ask this question?

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