Federal, state and local laws regulate the types of questions interviewers are allowed to ask candidates during an interview. All questions asked on an employment application or during a job interview must be job-related. Employers cannot ask questions with the intent to discriminate against you based on your age, gender, national origin, race, marital or family status, social or religious affiliations, disabilities, or military service. They must ask the same questions of all candidates.
Interviewers who ask illegal questions usually do so out of ignorance, not intentionally. They may be trying to set a casual, informal tone for the interview and help make you feel at ease.
If you are asked an inappropriate or illegal question, here are 3 ways to handle it:
Some examples of illegal questions and their legal counterparts are listed below.