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Interview Questions Employers Should Not Ask

By October 14, 2013

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Job InterviewMore than a few years ago, I was asked during a job interview whether my husband would mind the travel involved in the job. The hiring manager even asked to speak to him about it.

The same company had a hiring profile for the women (yes, just women) they hired for part-time merchandisers. They were supposed to be moms with kids in school who needed something to do for a few hours a day.

Even though none of the company's hiring criteria directly related to the job applicant's ability to do the job, they thought it would make a difference. They didn't mind asking even though there are some interview questions that employers are not supposed to ask during a job interview. By accident or deliberately, interviewers will sometimes ask inappropriate questions that aren't related to your ability to do the job.

Questions that don't relate directly to your ability to do the job shouldn't be asked during a job interview. For example, questions about age, ancestry, citizenship, credit rating, criminal record, disabilities, family status, gender, military discharge, or religion should not be asked directly by an interviewer.

What can you do if you're asked a question that's not appropriate? Depending on the question, there are several options for responding. Here's how to answer illegal interview questions, including sample answers you can use to respond.

Read More: Illegal Interview Questions | Interview Questions Employers Can Ask

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