Thursday, February 16, 2017

Questions They Shouldn’t Be Asking You During Your Job Interview…But Will Try (Part 1)







By Richard Kent Matthews - Career Coach | Author | Speaker


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Did you really just ask me that??

In his book, ‘Ask the Right Questions, Hire the Best People,’* intended mainly for employers or human resources personnel, Ron Fry shares a series of questions that should be avoided by the interviewer during the job interview. I highly recommend the book but in the mean time, I’ll list a few in this post and the next one that will help you spot the questions if and when they pop into the conversation.

As Fry writes, “Not every [question] is patently illegal but all can be interpreted as evidence of bias if one chooses to do so.”
  • How old are you?
  • Where were you born?
  • Aren’t you a little too old for a fast changing company such as ours?
  • Aren’t you a little too young to be seeking a job with this much responsibility?
  • Are you single, married, separated, divorced?
  • What was your maiden name?
  • Tell me about your children.
  • Are you pregnant/do you practice birth control?
  • What’s your nationality?
  • Where are your parents from?
  • What’s your sexual orientation?
  • Do you belong to any gay or lesbian groups?
  • What religion do you practice?
  • What religious holidays will you need to take?
  • How many sick days did you take last year?
  • Have you ever filed a workman’s compensation claim?
As you can see, these questions cover a lot of territory. And they’re only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Be sure to view the next post as we continue with the no-no questions.


If you’ve ever experienced what you consider to be bias during a job interview, your comments would be of interest to the many readers who stop by here every week.

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