Results for - Illegal questions you cannot be asked during an interview

4,056 voters participated in this survey

  • Did you know that any questions that reveal your age, race, national origin, gender, religion, marital status and sexual orientation are not legal questions that should be asked during an interview?
    1. Did you know that any questions that reveal your age, race, national origin, gender, religion, marital status and sexual orientation are not legal questions that should be asked during an interview?
    • Yes
      55% 2,216 votes
    • No
      35% 1,418 votes
    • Not Applicable
      10% 422 votes
  • 2. If you are American or Canadian, which of the following illegal questions have you been asked during a job interview? (Select all that apply)
    • Have you ever been arrested?
      21% 857 votes
    • Are you married?
      23% 920 votes
    • Do you have children?
      24% 961 votes
    • What religious holidays do you practice?
      7% 295 votes
    • What is your race?
      12% 489 votes
    • What country are you from?
      10% 407 votes
    • Personal questions (e.g. Do you have any outstanding debt)?
      11% 441 votes
    • When was the last time you used illegal drugs?
      9% 380 votes
    • How old are you?
      23% 949 votes
    • Do you have any disabilities?
      14% 588 votes
    • N/A
      48% 1,941 votes
  • 3. If an employer asked you a question that you believed was too personal would you answer the question?
    • Yes, I would answer the question
      17% 704 votes
    • I am undecided
      35% 1,412 votes
    • No, I would decline from answering the question
      32% 1,288 votes
    • N/A
      16% 652 votes

07/16/2013 Careers 26


  • leo53 profile photo
    It can be hard to get a job in the first place and when you land an interview you need to possess poise, finesse and intelligence to answer any question even though you are aware of what is and is not supposed to be asked of you
    over 3 years
  • tloanman profile photo
    I answer them because I have nothing to hide, but I am offended that they do ask sometimes. Also I answer because I want the job I am applying for and fear I would not get the job without answering.
    over 3 years
  • taranail profile photo
    Some things is really none of there business,and you dont have to answer it.
    over 3 years
  • AnnieO profile photo
    My son's school district asked if I have ever been arrested (I have not, but that wasn't the point) - it's none of their business what happened in my past and I stopped the application, and he's homeschooled now. Faith in the education system - LOST.
    over 3 years
  • BUDWARDDIDDLE profile photo
    On applications for jobs they always have some of these questions. Why do they put the on if they are illegal?
    over 3 years
  • rhirrel profile photo
    If ou don't answer their questions, you can be sure they will not hire you, illegal or not be the questions.
    over 3 years
  • sweetcheeks43 profile photo
    Some of it is too personal and any employer should be interested inn your work experienace and education.
    over 3 years
  • Annie1492 profile photo
    I remember age, sex, marital status were on the application.
    over 3 years
  • rstockdale profile photo
    This seems kind of ridiculous. Anyone can tell in a job interview what your race, gender, approximate age, etc. are.
    over 3 years
  • Sophia1957 profile photo
    I do answer them and truthfully. That is why no one will hire me here. I hurt my back at work in 2007!
    over 3 years
  • Scorpion profile photo
    Most of that information is on the job application why would they need to ask about it?
    over 3 years
  • Shona profile photo
    I lived in London England for several years and had a two year work permit so it did not offend me whatsoever.
    over 3 years
  • sa_smiles profile photo
    Have never been flat out asked if you have any kinda disability but have been asked do you have the ability to lift up to so many lbs or will anything prevent you from being able to do this or that before. alot of jobs ask that kinda question.
    over 3 years
  • anunusualwoman profile photo
    If you tell the interviewer that they can't legally ask that question I can pretty much guarantee you're not going to get the job. You have to pick your battles.
    over 3 years
  • ninivay profile photo
    bruce m high 5
    over 3 years
  • ninivay profile photo
    most places here ask you to fill out an application which has the race factor in it, although says you don't have to answer. they ask if you can do the job with out and accommodations that's asking if your handicapped isn't it? the ask for your ID hahaha well now they have your age! even the FBI will ask if you took drugs how many times and within what time period. there is always a way of getting the info they want with out breaking the law
    over 3 years
  • BelLise profile photo
    In Canada, they cannot ask for your social security number until you are hired, and they can do a background check on you before an interview. Simply by calling your references if they know what they're doing. So an employer that asks those kinds of questions during an interview is not very well organized to start with.
    over 3 years
  • Liberty profile photo
    now i live in spokane but i moved from bethel alaska and a lot of business can claim native pereference so i got a lot of oh your white.
    over 3 years
  • FLAHONEY33 profile photo
    Never been asked personal questions. I give short replies to anything close. If you ramble on giving out personal details, then they don't need to ask, do they?
    over 3 years
  • KLEINFE1 profile photo
    many employers require background checks before they offer employment. there are very few regulations on what can be requested on a "background check" application
    over 3 years
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