Tips for Answering Illegal
Below are tips for answering illegal interview
- Just Answer
If the question doesn't bother you, just answer it. (It's
not illegal to answer.) But proceed with caution, as it might bite you later. You might not get the job, even if it's illegal
to deny you employment.
- Refuse to Answer
Point out that it's not an appropriate job interview question
and you don't feel comfortable answering it. (Avoid the term illegal interview question since it might not be, at least
not yet.) That's your right. But that might bite you later too.
- Tactfully Sidestep
Assess the motive behind the question. If you don't
think it was malicious and you really want the job, then put it back on the interviewer or answer indirectly. This might make
the interviewer realize that he or she asked an inappropriate question. For example, if an interviewer asks about your
- Personal life, you might
respond with, "I prefer to keep personal and business matters separate."
- Children, your reply
might be, "Are you concerned that I won't be able to travel or work overtime?"
- Disability, you might
say something like, "If you're concerned that I won't be able to perform the duties of the job, I'm sure I can."
- Country of origin, you
could say, "If you're going to ask next whether or not I'm authorized to work in the USA, I am."
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