THE APPLICATION PROCESS: Appropriate Interview Questions

Laws exist to protect both the employer and the candidate during job interviews and some of the rules protect potential employees from being asked inappropriate questions. Many people don’t realize that some questions are considered illegal during an interview and should not be asked or answered.

In a guide provided by the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing, side-by-side questions are listed showing which are acceptable and which are unacceptable.

For example:

  • You may be asked your name, but it is unacceptable to be asked your maiden name.
  • You may be subjected to a medical/psychological evaluation if it is necessary, but it is unacceptable to be asked about your general health, disability, or medical condition.
  • You may be asked what languages you speak, but it is unacceptable to be asked what your nationality, lineage, ancestry, or anything to do with your ethnicity.

For the entire list of questions, click here.