Interview questions asked by a recruiter should focus on the job you are seeking and whether or not you can perform the responsibilities of that job.
Typical Illegal Questions
- What’s your marital status?
- Do you plan to have children?
- How many kids do you have?
- How old are you?
- What’s your birth date?
- Are you a US citizen?
- How tall are you?
- How much do you weigh?
- Do you have any disabilities?
- Have you had any recent or past illnesses or operations? If yes, list them and give dates when these occurred.
- Please complete the following medical history.
- When did you lose your eyesight? How?
If asked illegal questions, consider one of the three options:
- You could answer the question. However, you are giving information that typically isn’t related to the job and may even harm your chances of getting the job.
- You could refuse to answer the question. However, depending upon how you phrase your response, you could appear to be uncooperative and confrontational.
- You could examine the question for its intent and respond with an answer as it might apply to the job by providing input as if the question were asked correctly:
- Would you be willing to relocate if necessary?
- Are you qualified to work in the US?
- Would you be able and willing to travel as needed for the job?
- Are you able to perform the essential functions of this job? (assuming those responsibilities have already been given)
- Are you able to lift a 50-pound weight and carry it 100 yards, as this is part of the job?
- Can you demonstrate how you would perform the following job-related functions?
- As part of the hiring process, after a job offer has been made, you will be required to undergo a medical exam. (results will be confidential; supervisors will be notified of any necessary job accommodations)
Job Choices (2005). National Association of Colleges and Employers, pages 47 and 48.