Aug 20, 2018 - 07:37 AM
Rather than there being specific questions that are illegal to ask, there is a list of subjects that are strictly off limits. This includes inquiring about them indirectly. For example, it is illegal to ask a candidate what his or her age is, but it can also be sketchy to ask what year he or she graduated, as this reveals something about their age.
The subjects that interviewers are not allowed to inquire about are age, race and nationality, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, pregnancy status, marital and children status, and citizenship. There are a few other aspects that are only allowed if the information directly relates to the candidate's ability to do the job. While an interviewer cannot ask for a candidate's specific address, they can ask about where they live generally if they would need to relocate for the job.
Mar 21, 2019 - 03:19 PM
It is important to be aware of which questions are illegal and decide in advance how you may want to handle these questions if they arise. As surprising as it sounds, employers ask illegal questions every day. I have personally been asked about my age, marital status, and whether or not I plan to have any children soon. These questions were asked by a senior executive at a large, well-known company.
There's no one way to answer an illegal question in a job interview. You have to decide what is best for you. In my case, I tend to answer the questions as politely as I can. Then, I make a mental note about how I felt about the hiring manager. When someone asks you an illegal question, it reveals more about them than it does about you. Don’t forget to make a mental note of your perception of the situation.
In terms of what is illegal for the job seeker to ask the company, the situation is different. A job seeker is much freer to both ask questions of the company, and to disclose information about themselves. For example, if you want to disclose on your own that you have no children, or that you're getting married in six months, you are allowed to do that. But, the company is not allowed to ask questions on these two fronts.