Knowing what questions you don't have to answer can help to avoid any awkward situations in a job interview.

Employment law dictates what potential employers may or may not ask of potential employees. Legal website FindLaw recently published some questions that are completely out of bounds in job interviews. Knowing what questions you don’t have to answer can help to avoid any awkward situations in an interview.

A good rule of thumb is that personal questions are not permitted. Outlawed personal questions can include…

  • How old are you?
  • What race are you?
  • Are you pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant?
  • Are you physically or mentally disabled?
  • What religion do you practice?
  • What is your sexual preference?
  • Any recent illnesses?
  • Do you smoke? Drink?

None of these questions are allowed in interviews, as they do not pertain to the job or how well any applicant may perform at the job. These outlawed interview questions overlap heavily with the illegal practice of employment discrimination.

The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker works closely with our sister law firm Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin on employment law cases. If you or a loved one has been the victim of employment discrimination at an interview or on the job, do not hesitate to email us using our contact form or call us at (800) 333-0000 to schedule a free legal consultation.