Job interviews are one of the most important steps in the hiring and selection process for employment.  It gives the employer a chance to learn more about the candidate, as well as their qualifications for the job description.  However,  job interview questions must be kept within the bounds set forth by federal and state laws.  For instance, the questions cannot involve discrimination against the candidate.

Some common interview questions may include:

  • Are you legally qualified to work in the United States?
  • What education or credentials do you have that are applicable to this position?
  • Do you think you will be able to perform the tasks and requirements included in the job description?
  • Are you of legal age to work?
  • Have you acquired any skills through militarily service that are applicable to this job?

How Should I Respond to Common Interview Questions?

Generally, you should answer interview questions as thoroughly as possible.  This will help the employer get a fuller picture of you in relation to the job you’re applying for.  However, if you may refrain from addressing a question that you feel might be:

  • Discriminatory in nature
  • Derogatory in nature
  • Unrelated to the job you’re applying for
  • An invasion of your privacy rights
  • An illegal interview question

A general rule of thumb is that all interview questions should be directly related to the job you’re applying for.  For instance, while it is illegal to ask about a person’s country of origin in a job interview, it may be necessary to ask whether the person speaks a language that is to be used during the course of the employment.  This may be a very fine line, so you may wish to consult with a lawyer if you are unsure about a particular interview process.

What if I Have a Legal Dispute Over a Company’s Interviewing Process?

Every state has anti-discrimination laws in place.  If you feel that you have been discriminated against during the hiring process, you may wish to make a record of your recollection of the interview process.  You may wish to record dates, people’s names, and any particular question that you feel might have been illegal.  Employers are prohibited from using certain information to choose one candidate over another.  Some of these categories include the person’s age, race, sex, national origin, political affiliation, and others. 

It may be necessary to file a civil lawsuit against the company.  Some legal remedies may include a damages award, being reconsidered for hiring, or having the company change their hiring policies. 

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help With Interview Questions?

Even common interview questions can create legal dilemmas, especially if more major issues are involved like discrimination.  You may wish to hire an employment lawyer for help if you have any legal questions or concerns regarding interviews and hiring.  Your attorney can provide you with legal advice that can help you succeed on your claim.  Also, your lawyer will be able to represent you during the actual court hearings and meetings.