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Posted December 19, 2013 by

When Questions Get Personal: How to Handle Inappropriate Job Interview Questions

A business woman asking questions to candidate in an interview

A business woman asking questions to candidate in an interview. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

When you’re in a job interview, you can expect to be asked numerous questions about your professional experience, your education, and what you bring to the table as a potential employee at an organization. You may also expect to get thrown some curveball questions designed to reveal your work style and how you would fit into a company’s culture.

In some cases, however, you may be asked extremely personal questions during a job interview that you don’t expect — such as questions about your race, age, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or whether or not you have children or plan to. These questions are not only highly uncomfortable for job seekers to hear, but in some cases they are also illegal for hiring managers to ask as well. (more…)