Most employers are mindful of avoiding questions about race, age, gender, and disabilities when interviewing job candidates, however there are some seemingly innocent questions that can cause just as much trouble.
The next time you are going through the hiring and interviewing process, be sure to refrain from asking these questions (or ones like them):
“So what year did you graduate from high school?”
Although this is usually just a conversational question to get to know more about the candidate, it could be used against you. If the applicant is over 40 years old he or she might claim this was an age-related question, and if not given the job, could blame it on age discrimination.
“So what happened with your foot?”
If an applicant walks into the interview with a cane, a walker, or even a brace on their foot or arm, the employer might assume it’s temporary and casually ask about the injury. However, if it is actually a disability and not just a temporary injury the employer could be in trouble for questioning an applicant’s disability.
“You look like a family guy. Tell me about your family.. any kids?”
In many states, marital status and familial information are topics that employers are not legally permitted to ask about. Even hinting at these matters, regardless of whether it’s simply conversational, can raise issues.
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