In an employment setting, job interview questions are used to determine whether a candidate will be suitable for a specific job position. The job interview is one of the main ways that an employer can learn about a future employee, and so they must ask them several questions related to their background and the job.
On the other hand, employers cannot ask certain questions, mainly due to employment discrimination laws. Thus, employers need to be very careful when formulating interview questions so that they don’t violate any laws.
Most of the time, it comes down to framing the question in a certain way so that it won’t be considered discriminatory. The top five interview questions that are legal to ask are:
Thus, as you can see, all interview questions should be limited to determining information that is strictly applicable to the position being applied for. Any questions that go beyond this may be an illegal interview question, and can often lead to a discrimination claim.
If you believe a discrimination claim is discriminatory, you have the right to politely refuse to answer the question. Or, if possible, you can try to attempt to decipher what the employer’s intent is in asking the question, and simply provide them with information that is appropriate. Often times, an employer may be just as nervous as the applicant. If you believe that you have been discriminated against, it may be necessary to file a legal claim.
Employment interviews can often involve various legal issues that might be difficult to deal with. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you have any questions or disputes regarding interview questions. Your attorney can inform you of your rights under your state’s employment laws. Also, if you need to file a lawsuit, your attorney can represent you during the court hearings.
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