What Not to Ask in a Job Interview
Generally, an employer should steer away from asking questions related to the following:
- Race, national origin
- Union membership
- Worker's compensation/history of sick days
- Prior arrests or convictions
- Sexual orientation
However, certain types of questions related to the following areas may be asked. *
Religion - Are the clearly stated work hours, particularly Friday or Weekend work hours acceptable to the applicant with reasonable accommodations.
National Origin/Citizenship - Is the applicant legally authorized to work in the United States. Language requirements may also be a business necessity to an employment position.
Disabilities/Health History - Is the applicant able to perform essential job functions.
Marital/Family Status - Was the applicant ever called by another name, and is the applicant able to work the expected hours/shifts and perform functions (i.e. traveling) without conflicting with other responsibilities.
Military Service - Questions should be limited to length of service, final rank upon discharge, and the type of applicable work experience acquired.
Past bankruptcies or garnishment of wages - Credit reports are still permitted as long as they are in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act as well as state privacy laws.
Illegal drug/Alcohol Abuse - Only some limited questions are permitted. These may include the following: "Do you currently use illegal drugs?" "Have you ever used illegal drugs?" and "What types of illegal drugs have you used in the last 6 months?"
Clubs/Organization Memberships - You may ask "What relevant professional or trade groups do you belong to?"
Home/Car Ownership - You may ask, "Do you have a reliable method of coming to work each day?"
* For more information examine your states anti-discriminatory laws and Contact the Law Offices of A.P. Pishevar & Associates, P.C.