Illegal job interview questions

Are you married? Do you have children? You have an interesting name, what is the origin of that name? Are you a U.S. citizen?

These are all questions that we’re often asked in everyday conversations, but what many people are unaware of is that they’re illegal to ask during a job interview. Sometimes, these questions are asked because the potential employer is trying to figure out if a candidate will be able to fulfill their duties. Other times, the interviewer is completely unaware that he or she has asked an illegal question and is just trying to make pleasant conversation.

I’m going to devote the next several Mondays to job interview questions on this blog. I’ll start with illegal questions and then if the discussion remains popular, I’ll continue with other interview topics that help people on both sides of the desk.

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