Questions You Can’t Ask In an Interview

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Friday, April 9, 2021

Questions You Can’t Ask In an Interview

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Friday, April 9, 2021

After being interviewed multiple times, you will find it much different being the one asking the questions. You need to be prepared with a list of questions that will give the right inside into a potential employee so you can make an informed decision. While coming up with the questions, you need to be careful. There are some questions that are off-limits during an interview. 

Here are some of the questions that you can’t ask. 

What nationality are you?  Where did you come from?  Are you a citizen of the United States?  Nationality, race, and citizenship status are not acceptable topics for an interview. 

What religion are you? You actually can’t ask anything about their religious affiliations. You can’t ask them whether they go to church or not. 

How old are you? Not hiring someone because of their age is considered discrimination so it is important that you don’t ask anything about a person’s age. 

Are you married? Are you in a relationship? What is your sexual orientation? You have to avoid asking any questions about a person’s relationship status, whether they are single, in a relationship, or married. You also can’t ask them about their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Are you pregnant?  Do you have a family? Are you thinking about having a family?  Do you want more children? Family status is another topic that is completely off-limits. You aren’t allowed to ask them if they are pregnant or thinking about it. Their family status is not your business. 

Do you have a disability? Potential employers are not allowed to ask potential employees about their health. Though you need to make sure that they can do the job that they will be hired for (lifting, etc), you can’t ask about any health problems or disabilities. 

In order to ask the right questions during an interview, you need to know what you have to avoid. This includes anything about their race, age, relationship status, and family status.