500 Questions: Tough Questions, Part 9

If we told you the job is yours, what would you say?

Most interviewers will expect you to take some time to consider all aspects before accepting a job in order to make a fully informed decision. Let them know you are interested and would like to think about it for a short time. If you are going to consider a job offer seriously, be confident that this is a job you really want. If you are unsure of any specifics about the job, now is the time to ask questions.

Do you have a list of references with you?

Choose from a variety of sources to list as references when you are applying for a job. Select individuals that you know personally who are respected and would give you an excellent recommendation. Remember to contact them ahead of time to let them know they may be hearing from your prospective employers. Always be prepared to leave a list of references at the interview.

Questionable Questions

What did you say your age was?
This is an illegal question and may not be asked by an interviewer or prospective employer. This question could easily lead to discrimination, which is against the law.

When were you born?

This is an illegal question and may not be asked by an interviewer or prospective employer. Any question about age could easily lead to discrimination, which is against the law. The employer only needs to know that you are eighteen years or older.

In what country were you born?

This may be an illegal question and may not be asked by an interviewer or prospective employer. This question could easily lead to discrimination, which is against the law.

Tell me about your discharge from the military.

This is an illegal question and may not be asked by an interviewer or prospective employer. Although you may be asked if you were in the military and what experience you gained there, you cannot be asked about your discharge. If your discharge was favorable however, you may want to let the employer know.