Illegal Interview Questions - page 2
The interview process can be daunting and downright stressful to some candidates because there are so many questions that the interviewer might ask. However, keep in mind that there are many illegal... Read More
Jul 15, '12Quote from luv2Although these questions are illegal, this fact does not stop some interviewers from asking them. The bottom line is that the questions are still illegal.I do not think so because most interviews I go on ask the majority of these questions.
Some interviewers will ask this stuff outright, especially if they think the candidate does not know any better or is too unsophistocated to know that the questions are not legal.
Other interviewers will make the queries in a roundabout, sneaky manner. Back in 2009, one manager asked, "So, where are you from?" This question was illegal because it can reveal personal information about race, national origin, etc.
Another DON said to me, "So, do you want to discuss this with your husband before making a decision?" I was not married, but perhaps she made the statement to covertly learn more information about my family setup and living situation.
A recruiter said to me during an interview, "The insurance will be free for you, but not for any spouse or dependents that you add." Again, this may have been a sneaky attempt to glean some insight into members of my household.
BTW, I'm a single female with no spouse or kids who was born and raised in southern California, but now lives in TX.
Jul 16, '12The last employer I worked for had me sign a "full disclosure" document as part of the application process. Also on some applications there is a clause that states "this or that company" has permission to have full disclosure of information that may, or may noy pertain to the position applied for and then you have to sign the application. Does this give them permission then to delve into anything and evertythng about you. Whether it be to ask you the applicant (or employee), or to talk to others about you?
Jul 16, '12Quote from whoa-nowThis still does not give the interviewer the right to ask illegal questions. However, if you sign the disclosure statement, you might have to reveal personal information that will enable them to conduct a background check, such as a date of birth, social security number, and address history for the past seven years.The last employer I worked for had me sign a "full disclosure" document as part of the application process. Also on some applications there is a clause that states "this or that company" has permission to have full disclosure of information that may, or may noy pertain to the position applied for and then you have to sign the application. Does this give them permission then to delve into anything and evertythng about you. Whether it be to ask you the applicant (or employee), or to talk to others about you?
Click on the link below to see a sample of a disclosure document.
Jul 16, '12Quote from adnrnstudentEleven years ago, when I was 20 years old, I was offered a job at a factory. The offer was contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical exam.I will never understand why pre-employment physicals are legal.
The exam took about 30 minutes and determined my ability to simulate the repetitive moves that I would be making at the factory. I had to demonstrate my ability to lift 50 pounds, lift strangely-shaped objects, push, pull, and all sorts of stuff.
I worked at the factory for three years, and in hindsight, I now see why they required the physical exam. The job at the factory was brutally physical, and there's no way a person could hack it if they could not lift, push, and pull.
Jobs that require a great deal of physical labor should, in my opinion, require pre-employment physicals. However, more sedentary positions have no need for physical exams prior to employment.
Jul 18, '12I have attached two more documents I have found in searching the Internet on a related topic. These may be helpful to the discussion.
Jul 18, '12Quote from VickyRNThanks again!I have attached two more documents I have found in searching the Internet on a related topic. These may be helpful to the discussion.
Aug 18, '14Does this apply to the application you fill out as well? Because every application I fill out asks for criminal background information. One even asked if I had broken ANY law EVER. Which I thought was kind of strange. Even for my CNA clinical portion they did a background check not based on convictions, but based on charges.
Or is this pertaining to only the actual face to face interview?
Im sorry if this is a repeat question or posted in the incorrect section. I am very new.
Oct 10, '14I like to answer inappropriate questions in a way that immediately puts the subject back onto work-related things AND lets the interviewer know that i know s/he is being inappropriate.
an actual example from an interview (where i did get the job):
"where are you from?"
"New York, blah blah blah small talk about how delightful the city we're currently in is. (at this point i give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she's just trying to get a feel for my personality /social skills /conversational style)
"where are you *really* from?"
"you mean originally? I'm Italian, and yes I am legally allowed to work in the US." (bringing it back to work-related topics!)
"oh ok! My husband and I went to Italy last year, it was lovely. I thought maybe you were middle eastern. Couldn't be sure though...so you're not Muslim?"
"well I guess not, you must be Catholic, right?"
"I understand what you're trying to ask; you want to make sure I don't have obligations that would prevent me from working weekends. Yes, i am available to work weekends on a regular basis."
Oct 10, '14Quote from cecciaOr perhaps the interviewer had a conscious bias against people of Middle Eastern extraction. Since 9/11/01, nothing surprises me anymore."...I thought maybe you were middle eastern. Couldn't be sure though...so you're not Muslim?"
Oct 10, '14Quote from TheCommuteryep. i suspect you're right.Or perhaps the interviewer had a conscious bias against people of Middle Eastern extraction. Since 9/11/01, nothing surprises me anymore.
Another time I had an interviewer do the "where are you *really* from?" thing, I feigned confusion for a second and then acted as if i'd had a "lightbulb moment" and the strange personal question made sense now. "you're asking about languages! In addition to being fluent in English, I am comfortable conversing with patients in Italian and French as needed."
the key to deflecting illegal questions is keeping body language, facial expression, and tone of voice professional and positive. if all those things are on point, you can dodge inappropriate questions like a boss and take control of the conversation.Last edit by ceccia on Oct 10, '14