The Ten Most Common Illegal Interview Questions . . . Plus Five Weird Ones That Aren’t Illegal


A new survey by Career Builder had more than 2,000 hiring managers look at a list of questions, and decide whether or not they’re legal to ask in an interview. And a THIRD of them didn’t know.

Here are the top ten questions they didn’t realize they’re not allowed to ask . . .

  1.  “What’s your religion?”
  2.  “Are you pregnant?”
  3.  “Are you a Democrat or a Republican?”
  4.  “What’s your ethnicity?”
  5.  “How old are you?”
  6.  “Are you disabled?”
  7.  “Are you married?”
  8.  “Do you have kids, or plan to?”
  9.  “Are you in debt?”
  10.  “Do you drink or smoke?”

The survey also asked for the WEIRDEST questions interviewers ask. And all five of these ARE legal . . .

  1.  “How would you wrangle a herd of cats?” They ask it to see how organized you are.
  2.  “Do you believe in life on other planets?” Your answer can reveal how open-minded you are.
  3.  “What superpower would you like to have?” They ask it to see if your answer reveals anything about how you view your own strengths and weaknesses.
  4.  “If you were stranded on a desert island, which two items would you like to have?” Which is one that’s kind of a cliché at this point. But what you choose can show how good you are at dealing with situations where you have limited resources.
  5.  “If you were trapped in a blender, how would you get out?” How you answer apparently shows how creative your problem-solving skills are. (Or maybe they just want to see if you have the guts to ask what the HELL they’re talking about.)

(PR Newswire)

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