When you get a job interview, you spend your time prepping for possible questions: Why do you want to work here? What’s your greatest strength or weakness? Describe how you manage multiple tasks.
What you don’t often think about are illegal questions that may be asked of you. Employers should know better. I remember this story from library school: one student (a woman) who was about to graduate was asked by the library board of small town public library: “Now, you’re not going to go off and get pregnant on us, are you?” The year was 2002, not 1962.
- 10 Things You Can’t Be Asked at a Job Interview – by Laura Strachan, FindLaw.com blog
- Illegal or Inappropriate Interview Questions – from the HR dept. of Penn State U. Libraries. Good list to look at if you’re serving on a search committee.
- 30 Interview Questions You Can’t Ask and 30 Sneaky, Legal Alternatives to Get the Same Info – from HRWorld.com
The links are good for those on both sides of the hiring process: job applicants and hiring managers/search committees.