INTERVIEWS / JUL. 24, 2013
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Questions That Should Never Be Asked During an Interview

As a recruiter or employer you will undoubtedly be required to conduct job interviews on a regular basis. In order to make the most of the opportunity you will need to be sure that you are asking the right questions and making full use of your time, otherwise the experience will be a wasted one.

But how can you conduct an interesting, engaging and effective interview without asking unnecessary questions?

During the interview there are certain questions that you should completely steer clear of. These questions can be perceived as offensive, rude and are in some cases, illegal. Some examples are listed below:

Where were you born?                            

You are entitled to ask the candidate whether they are authorized to work in this country, however asking where they are born could be used to illegally gather information about the candidate’s national origin.

What is your relationship status?

This is a personal question that has absolutely nothing to do with landing a job. Discriminating against someone based on their marital status is unfair and will be taken with suspicion by the candidate.

What is your native language?

If the interview is being conducted in English and the candidate is able to communicate fluently in that language, you do not need to know what their native language is. Instead, ask the candidate if they know (e.g. French), if it is required for the job role.

Are you planning to have children?

In some questions this question is illegal as it has been used in the past to determine the eligibility of a candidate.

Are you religious?


Instead of inquiring as to whether or not the candidate will need to take leave to observe religious holidays, you could ask whether or not he or she will be available to work on weekends and national holidays. 

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