If You're Asked Any Of These 8 Questions In A Job Interview, You Don't Have To Answer
You should never ask or be asked these questions during a job interview. It's actually illegal.
It's not illegal to ask a candidate if they've ever been convicted Â of a crime, a candidate can not be asked about their arrest record.Â
This is an odd question to ask in an interview, but it's considered illegal because of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which protects recovering alcoholics from having to reveal this information about themselves in a professional setting.
Religion is a protected class, so it is illegal for recruiters to ask about it.
This question is illegal because nationality discrimination is illegal. The only thing a potential employer needs to know is if you can legally work in this country.
Any questions pertaining to your marital status, children or plans to wed or have children falls under pregnancy discrimination. This is also a subtle way recruiters may try to ask about someone's sexual orientation. Job candidates are not required to disclose any of this information.
If a recruiter is asking in order to determine if a candidate is over 18, a requirement at many companies, this is fine. However, when asking older candidates this question, they may be discriminating based on age.
This is a subtle way of trying to figure out your age.
For physically demanding jobs, recruiters may ask about specific abilities that pertain to job duties such as "Can you lift 30 pounds on a consistent basis?" or "are you about to work a four hour shift on your feet with no break?" You're not required to reveal any other information about your health.