A post I wrote recently on LinkedIn about How to Respond to Illegal Interview Questions generated quite a bit of interest and inquiries from clients, colleagues, and potential clients. In my further research on this topic, I ran across a post by Alison Doyle on TheBalance.com, and was a bit surprised and in some cases alarmed or amused at the kinds of questions that misguided employers seem to think it is acceptable to ask job candidates.
Here is a sampling of just a few of the verboten questions or inappropriate statements interviewees have run into:
- Are you dating someone?
- How old are you? You are young enough to be my daughter.
- Do you have any problems going out drinking with the office on Fridays?
- How would your husband feel about you relocating for work?
- Are you very religious?
- Do you have childcare arrangements lined up?
- How is your marriage working? The stress of the long hours required might not be good for your marriage.
- We’d love to hire you, but we want someone who will be here for the long term.
- If you have kids how will you do this job when your husband is gone (person asked had a Military spouse)?
I found these to be particularly amusing (but still grossly inappropriate!):
- I want a receptionist who looks like a Playboy bunny.
- Would you mind picking up my kids from school?
- I need someone who will deal with everyone when they start crying.
- I need someone who will stay to shut off the lights every night.
For a full listing see the article at TheBalance.com. You can also follow the internal links to articles about Things You Shouldn’t Do When Interviewing, Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview, Most Asked Interview Questions, etc.