There are some questions that are legally impermissible to ask in a job interview. Some questions are obviously impermissible, others are more “subtle”.
Examples of improper questions:
- How old are you?
- Will you require us to give you time off for certain religious holidays?
- Are you married?
- Do you have children?
- Will you be able to work when school districts give children time off school?
- Are you pregnant?
- Are you a U.S. Citizen?
- How much do you weigh?
- Have you ever been arrested?
- Your last name sounds _______________(Polish, Arabic, Etc.), is it?
- Do you have a disability?
At the Pre-employment stage you can inquire:
- Can you perform the requirements of the job with or without reasonable accomodation?
- If you are hired, can you show that you have authority to legally work in the U.S.?
- Do you meet the minimum age requirement to work at this job?
- What languages do you speak, read, or write fluently? (as it relates to the job requirements and performance)
- Whether the person can work the specific hours that the position requires.
- Criminal convictions as they relate to fitness for the job or the job requirements.