Inappropriate Questions Guidance
The following are examples of inappropriate questions that interviewers must never ask before, during or after the interview:
• What is your maiden name? Have you ever legally changed your name?
• How old are you? How many years before you plan to retire?
• Where were you born? Where were your parents born?
• Do you hold citizenship in any country other than the United States?
• How tall are you? How much do you weigh? What color are your eyes or hair? What is your race?
• What is your medical history? Do you have any disabilities? What are your disabilities? How will your disabilities affect your performance? Have you ever filed a workers' compensation claim against a former employer?
• Are you married, single, divorced, separated, widowed? Are you living with anyone?
• Where does your spouse work? Are you the primary wage earner for your family? Do you have children? What are your child care arrangements?
• What are the names of your closest relatives or friends?
• What is your lineage, ancestry, national origin, descent, parentage, nationality, or the nationality of your parents or spouse?
• What is your religious affiliation? What holidays do you observe?
• What is your native language? What language do you speak at home?
• Was your military discharge honorable or dishonorable? Why did you serve with a foreign military?
• Are you a member of any social clubs, fraternities, sororities, lodges, teams, or religious organizations?
• Have you ever been arrested?
• Do you have a history of alcohol or drug addiction?
• What medications are you taking?
• What is the name of your pastor or religious leader?