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Common Interview Questions You Don’t Have to Answer

Posted on November 22, 2023 in Employment Law

When you go into an interview for a job you want, do you feel that you have to answer every question that is asked of you? You may not know when you can skip a question or even confront the interviewer about their right to answer those questions. The following are some of the most common interview questions you don’t have to answer – and you often should not answer under employment law. If you feel that you were disqualified from a job due to an illegal question, reach out to our San Diego employment law attorney today.

How Old Are You?

This is a very big no-no because it can mean that they are engaging in age discrimination. They cannot require you to provide your age unless you are under the age of 18. We encourage you to avoid answering this type of question even when it is in passing, such as “You look like you’re a pro. How old are you?”

Do You Have Children?

This question can also be discriminatory against parents. You do not need to answer this question, and in doing so, you protect your right to privacy. An employer may ask if you are available at various times of the day, but they cannot ask you about the children you have.

What Is Your Sexual Orientation?

Unfortunately, this question is asked and may be asked in passing or in a straightforward manner. It is always one you do not need to answer. The job of the interviewer is to determine if you have the skills to do the job, and this type of question is not one that should lead to this.

Are You Disabled in Any Way?

Any question about your ability to do the job should not revolve around a disability you have. For example, if you have a disability related to your physical abilities, but it would not interfere with your ability to do the job, then there is no reason for the interviewer to ask that question.

What Is Your Race (Or Color or Ethnicity)?

This is another question that cannot be answered but is often asked in passing. “Your accent sounds familiar. What is your ethnicity?” You do not have to answer these questions because the answer could play a role in a biased decision about your eligibility for the job.

What Is Your Religion?

Though some churches and other types of non-government employers may have exclusions to this rule, most employers cannot ask about your religion or how you practice your faith. You should also not be condemned to nonemployment if you do not participate in any faith.

Keep In Mind the Rules Can Be Difficult to Navigate

There are some rules about financial information, employment status, and background checks that employers can ask, depending on how that information relates to the job. If you are unsure, reach out to us for more insight.

At Walker Law, We Are Here for You

If you believe your rights may have been violated in any way, we encourage you to contact Walker Law today for a free consultation with an experienced employment law attorney. We are available 24 hours a day to assist you. Call our office today.

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