DON’T ASK THESE QUESTIONS IN AN INTERVIEW
èGuidelines issued by EEOC and other federal and state agencies
èAsk only JOB-RELATED questions
§ What is your age/height/weight/complexion/color of skin (eyes, hair)/date of birth?
§ When did you attend school?
§ Do you own or rent your home?
§ What is your birthplace/family’s birthplace/maiden name?
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§ Questions concerning race, nationality, lineage, ancestry, national origin, descent, or parentage
§ Marital/family status
§ Provisions for childcare, pregnancy, childbearing or birth control
§ Names or addresses of relatives, spouse, or children of adult applicant.
§ With whom does applicant reside, length of residence.
§ Requesting a photograph before employment is offered
§ Applicant’s general medical condition, state of health, or illness of applicant or of family member.
§ Receipt of worker’s compensation benefits
§ Do you have any mental or physical disabilities or handicaps?
§ Arrest record, refusal or cancellation of bonding unless in a security-related position. OK to ask if they have been convicted of a felony.
§ Service in foreign military
§ Applicant’s current or past assets (including ownership of a car), liabilities, or credit rating, including prior bankruptcies unless job-related
§ Requiring a list of organizations to which applicant belongs
§ Questions to applicant’s former employers or references which elicit information that is illegal to ask for in an interview
§ Questions regarding religious obligations that would prevent an individual from being available to work on Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays.
§ Questions seeking the names and addresses of relatives (as opposed to persons) to be notified in case of accident or emergency.
§ Asking a female candidate whether her family will object to her working at night
§ Asking a female candidate whether she has any reason to believe she might require any leave for medical reasons during the next calendar year
§ Asking an older candidate whether they feel they can keep up with the younger employees in the department
§ How do you expect to do this job when you are blind?
§ Discriminatory remarks such as, “I’ll bet you’re a good dancer” or, “I don’t know how you people eat that kind of food. It makes me burp”, or “Are you trying to be superwoman?
§ How did you lose your leg?
§ How strong is your back?
§ Have you ever taken a leave of absence for health reasons?
§ Are your parents healthy?
§ What did your parents die of?
§ What is the prognosis for your disease?
§ Is your skin condition caused by a disease?
§ How do you manage in the bathroom?
§ Do you have any physical or mental disability/handicap that will require reasonable accommodation?
§ Have you ever abused alcohol?
§ Is anyone in your family disabled?