500 Questions: Special Issues, Part One

Do you have any physical problems that may limit your ability to perform this job?

This is a perfectly legitimate question for the interviewer to ask. So answer truthfully. Remember though, the key words are “ability to perform this job.” A physical problem that is not job-related is not pertinent, and none of the employer’s business.

Have you ever been refused a bond?

If not, then answer “No.” If yes, respond carefully with the reason and what has changed in your personal life since that time. Explain the situation briefly and sincerely.

Would you submit to a physical or medical checkup before starting this position?

This is a normal procedure for many companies. If it a problem for you, let the employer know at the outset. Otherwise, briefly consent to the request.

If hired, can you document your right to work in the United States?

It is acceptable for a prospective employer to ask if you can document your right to work in the United States.

If this position required that you move to a different city, would you be willing to do so?

Initially you may want to be vague in your answer and indicate that you are willing to consider it. Later on in the negotiating process, it this doesn’t appeal to you, you may want to restate your requirements.

Do you have proof of U.S. citizenship or a work visa?

If you are not a U.S. citizen be prepared to show that you are authorized to work in the United States legally.

Are you willing to relocate?

If you are, then tell the interviewer. Be diplomatic, but truthful. Express your interest in living elsewhere and experiencing a different lifestyle, while meeting new people. If you are not willing to relocate, then you should let the employer know now.

Do you stay physically in shape?

Many employers ask potential employees to take a medical examination and offer membership at health spas to help maintain good health. Focus on your awareness of taking care of yourself in a variety of ways. It might also be beneficial to find out what sports other employees are involved in and express interest in joining them.