Burn these job interview questions. Send ’em to hell!

Kinda like this, but different.

According to a recent survey from CareerBuilder.com, 1 out of 5 employers failed to read my 2011 blog post about interview questions to avoid, have asked a question in a job interview only to find out later that it was illegal to ask.

Indeed, the poll indicates that only 1 in 3 hiring managers recognized that questions, such as the ones listed below, should be off-limits:

  • What is your religious affiliation?
  • Are you pregnant?
  • What is your race, color or ethnicity?
  • How old are you?
  • Are you disabled?

Whether you’re in the 20% listed above, the 1 in 3 below that, or just need a refresher on hiring inquiries that are off limits, check out my post, “What would Kenny Powers do? Interview questions to avoid.”

  • Ed

    Not to quibble, but most of these are not “illegal”. Most questions are not illegal in themselves and many may be perfectly legal depending on your job/organization. Certainly agree that asking these questions will be problematic and potentially can be used as evidence of discrimination if you fail to hire the person. E.g. If you ask a person their age and then hire a younger (not covered by ADEA) applicant, the asking of the age question may be construed of evidence that you did not hire based on knowing the person’s age.