How to Handle Inappropriate Interview Questions


Most of us believe that it is illegal for an interviewer to ask questions relating to religious beliefs, national origin, marital status etc. This is only a widespread belief. In most of the states, interviews are allowed to ask questions relating to these and asking such questions is not illegal. What’s actually illegal is to make a hiring judgment on the basis of the answers given to such questions. That is why, smart interviewers do not ask such questions because they know that can not factor in the answers given.

However, you may run into situations where the interviewer asks questions relating to religion, belief, marital status etc. What would you do? Possibility can be that you might already have faced such a situation. What did you do? What’s more important is what you should do. By asking such questions, the interviewer is not making an attempt to screen you out illegally. Instead, he is making a small talk. However, they may not just realize that questions like these tread on risky grounds.

It’s a tricky situation anyway. In any case, you wouldn’t like to ruin your rapport because you want to turn the interview into a successful one. If you want to make it a successful interview, you would never want to respond with guns blazing.

If you look at the situation practically, it is definitely your perquisite to make an issue of what the interviewer asks. On the other hand, it is only up to you whether you feel like fighting the battle or not.

There is one more option to the situation as well. If the interviewer raises an issue like your parenthood and relates it to your job performance, you can speak to the interviewer directly and respond with a polite answer. You might respond by saying: “I do have kids, and they’re great, but please know that there’s nothing that would hinder or interfere with my ability to work the hours required to get the job done.”

And if you smell something in the interview, you will certainly need to reconsider your employment decision.

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