Legal Issues

Unfortunately, some interviewers, managers, and companies may discriminate in their interviewing and hiring practices. Know your rights! Your interviewers should NOT ask questions about the following information: creed, nationality, race, marital status, family plans, age or birth date, and physical disabilities. Be aware that the interviewer’s questions may be more subtle. Also, if you were to volunteer any personal information, such as mentioning your first language or a significant other, then they may ask you more questions about that area of your personal life.

Realize that you don’t have to answer questions that are irrelevant or inappropriate. When asked such questions, you may either politely refuse to answer based on your rights, or you may provide answers that you feel will not hurt you. If you feel that you might have been discriminated against in your interviewing and hiring process, you might consider filing charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The burden of proving the discrimination will be on you, however. In such a matter, consult an attorney.