5 Questions You Should Never Ask in an Interview

Handshake while job interviewing5 Questions You Should Never Ask in an Interview

When it comes to interviewing people for a position in your business you will likely meet with several good candidates. Whether you are in the Rocklin and Sacramento areas or on the other side of the country, asking questions in an interview is standard practice. But you could find yourself asking questions that are actually illegal to be asked and that could get you into some hot water.

It’s important to keep doing your interviews, because you need to fill the positions and find the right candidates. But it’s also crucial that you don’t overstep your bounds and ask certain questions. Here are 5 questions that you should never ask someone in an interview:

  1. Are you married or do you plan to get married? Someone’s marital status is off limits when it comes to an interview. It’s a question that you can’t ask, so don’t even go there. Look for a wedding band and leave it at that.
  2. Do you plan to have children? Any questions about whether or not someone has, or plans to have, children are not allowed. The answers that people provide could be grounds for discrimination, so it’s best to avoid them all together.
  3. Where do you attend church? All questions related to one’s religious preferences are also not legal to ask. Avoid asking anything about one’s religious background, preferences, or beliefs.
  4. What race do you consider yourself? Even if you can’t tell what race someone is you don’t want to ask that question. It’s illegal to ask people about their race or ethnicity during an interview.
  5. So how old did you say you are? Asking people how old they are, whether they are young, old, or somewhere in the middle, is not a good route to take. If you need someone to be a particular age to work at your establishment, such as 18 or 21, ask if they meet the minimum age required to work there.

This is just a small list of the questions that are illegal to ask during an interview. Whether in the Rocklin and Sacramento areas or elsewhere in California there are many others that are also off limits. If you have questions about or need clarification always speak to an attorney ahead of time. It’s better to have an approved list of questions before conducting interviews, than to have to answer questions about why you asked someone something later on.


The Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau provides personalized counsel to clients in a variety of business and personal matters, including creditors’ rights, debt collection, products liability and international transaction issues. His office is located in Rocklin, CA, just outside of Sacramento, CA, near Roseville, Lincoln, Auburn, in Placer County and can be reached at (916-626-5539) or email Terry at tgilbeau@gilbeaulaw.com. Click here for the firm website http://www.gilbeaulaw.com/

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