-And Should Never Feel You Must Answer
Illegal: How old are you? When did you graduate from college? What
is your birth date?
Legal: Are you over 18?
Illegal: What is your marital status? Who lives with you? Do you plan to
have a family? How many children do you have? What are your child-care arrangements?
Legal: Would you relocate? Would you be willing to travel as
needed? (Legal if it is pertinent to the job.)
Illegal: How tall are you? How much do you weigh?
Legal: Are you able to lift a 50-pound weight and carry it 100
yards, which is part of the job?
Illegal: Have you ever been arrested?
Legal: Have you ever been convicted of [fill in the blank]? (The
crime must be reasonably related to the performance of the job.)
Illegal: If you have been in the military, were you honorable
Legal: In what branch of the Armed Forces did you serve? What type
of training or education did you receive in the military?
Illegal: Are you a Unites States citizen? Where were you or your
parents born? What is your native language?
Legal: Are you authorized to work in the United States? What
languages do you read, speak or write fluently? (This question is all right as long as it
is relevant to the job.)
Illegal: To what clubs or social organizations do you belong?
Legal: Do you belong to any groups that are relevant to your
ability to perform this job?
Illegal: Do you have any disabilities? Have you had any recent or
past illnesses or operations? What was the date of your last physical exam? How is your
family's health? When did you lose your eyesight? How?
Legal: Can you perform the essential functions of this job with or
without reasonable accommodations? (This question is acceptable if the interviewer
thoroughly described the job.) As part of the hiring process, you will be required to
undergo a medical exam after a job offer has been made. Results must be kept strictly
confidential, although medical-safety personnel may be informed if emergency medical
treatment is required, and supervisors or managers may be informed about necessary job
accommodations, based on the exam results.