500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part 11

Do live in a house or an apartment?

Whether you own a house or rent, this is an illegal question and may not be asked by an interviewer or prospective employer. This question could easily lead to discrimination based on your economic status or anticipated stability.

Do you have a car?

This is an illegal question and may not be asked by an interviewer or prospective employer. You can only be asked if you have a reliable method of transportation to get to work.

How often do you go to church?

This is an illegal question to ask in a job interview and may not be asked by an interviewer or prospective employer. Questions about religion could easily lead to discrimination, which is against the law.

You have an interesting last name, what nationality is your family?

Questions regarding your ancestry, family, or national origin are usually irrelevant to your qualifications and in most cases are illegal. However, you should consider the context and manner in which this question is asked and use the question as an opportunity to promote your good qualities.

What is your religion?

Unless this position is with a religious affiliation, then your employer does not have the legal right to ask this question, and an answer would be inappropriate. However, you should not try to offend your interviewer with a hostile answer.

How old are you?

It is improper for an employer to ask your age unless you may be under the age of eighteen. However, when answering this question, instead of giving your age, take the opportunity to reflect on your experience and how it will enhance the position.

Are you in debt?

This may be an illegal question. Even if you have some debt, you may not want to bring it up. Reassure the interviewer of your financial stability.