Illegal Questions


You cannot be asked any question during an interview that relates to your race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, or disability. In some states, inquiries about a candidate’s sexual orientation are illegal. The following questions are merely a few of the questions that you should not be asked.

  • Are you a U.S citizen?
  • Where were you born?
  • What is your birth date?
  • How old are you?
  • Do you have a disability?
  • Are you married?
  • What is your spouse’s name?
  • What is your maiden name?
  • Do you have any children?
  • Do you have child care arrangements?
  • What is your race or ethnic origin?
  • Which church do you attend?
  • What is your religion?


The following questions may be asked if there is a bona fide, job-specific reason to ask them. If asked of one candidate, they should be asked of all candidates for the same position.

  • Do you have any responsibilities that conflict with the job’s attendance or travel requirements?
  • Are you able to work in the United States on an unrestricted basis?
  • Are you able to perform the duties on the job description with or without reasonable accommodations?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony crime?
  • If hired, can you provide proof that you are at least 18 years of age?
  • Do you have any conflicts that would prevent you from working the schedule discussed?
  • What languages do you speak or write fluently?
  • Have you worked under any other professional name or nickname?
  • Do you have any relatives currently working for this institution?
  • Would you have any problem working overtime, if required?
  • Would anything prohibit you from making a long-term commitment to the position and the institution?

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