The federal government and the states considered illegal to ask personal information in job interviews to avoid any kind of discrimination when hiring a worker.
Interviewers often receive training related to these types of questions and are supposed to never incur this kind of practice. The reality is different and sometimes you come across any illegal question. Here I present some of the most common illegal questions.
Any question that is oriented to find related information about any of the following topics is illegal: race, skin color, origin of birth, place of birth, religion, disability, gender, marital status, or age
If you suspect the interviewer intends to uncover information about any of these topics, you have 3 choices: avoid responding, reply to, or terminate the interviewer / company.
Avoid answering the question, it can cost you the job and is not exactly the best option in all cases.
If you think the interviewer may not know the legal aspects of questions, chooses to answer the questions focusing on professional and not personal appearance. For example, if an interviewer asks you if you were born in the United States, you are probably interested to know if you can work legally in this country. To answer the question, you can simply say that you are allowed to work legally in the United States.
The third option: report. He believes that in many cases, the interviewer simply ignores the law and is not intended to discriminate. If you really think the interviewer discriminate based on any personal aspect, contact a lawyer to denounce the practice with the employment agency for equality or U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Examples of questions and how to answer
Religion. very delicate topic. The interviewer sometimes try to ask about your religion for various reasons. Choose to focus on the job position and avoid getting into the conversation about religion. Remember that in many cases, the interviewer tries not to offend but simply ignore laws prohibiting ask about your religion in a job interview.
Civil status. Often it is assumed that married people will not have much flexibility to travel at work or maybe bachelors are not mature enough for certain positions. What the law seeks to avoid in these cases it is that discriminates based on such information. If the interviewer asks about your marital status, you can just say that your marital status is irrelevant and you are prepared to perform all functions of your job regardless of your current marital status.
Place of birth. In the best case, the interviewer wants to be sure that you meet the legal requirements to work in this country. No need to answer the questions about your birthplace, you can focus your professional status ask. For example, you can say: do not worry about my birthplace. I have permanent residence and I can work smoothly in this country.
Age.- Often the interviewer will know your exact curious age. In some cases, they even dare to ask you about your age or date of birth. Although it is illegal, you can choose to answer the question orientating the professional side. You can assure the interviewer that you are trained / a to meet the demands of the job in question and that your age will not play a role. That way, you avoid illegal land delve into ensuring the interviewer that age should not be a factor in the hiring decision.
These are just some examples of illegal questions. In any case, remember that the best option is probably not answer these questions and redirect them to labor issues walking away from the personal. The information in this article is intended to inform nothing. It is not legal advice. If you believe you have been discriminated against in your job interview, contact a lawyer specializing in labor issues.
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