5 Job Interview Questions that Are Illegal to Ask

While there certainly are more than these, Monster.com put together a list of five questions that aren’t legal to ask during a job interview. Recruiters take note:

For example, it’s illegal to ask any questions related to protected classes, says Charles A. Krugel, an HR attorney. “Protected classes typically include race, gender, nationality, religion, military status and age (40 and up). Usually, such questions are intended to identify those class members. More often than not, it’s ‘loaded’ questions that are asked, or those where it’s fairly obvious that the asker has a hidden agenda and the question has little to do with the job’s essential duties.”

Some examples of these questions include,”I notice that you live in Brookfield, there’s some nice country clubs and retirement communities there — are you a member of any of them?” and “If you need to commute to work, how would you do that?” The first question can relate to socioeconomic status, gender, race, religion and age, Krugel says., while the second may be looking for information on socioeconomic status and race.

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The Biggest Interview Mistakes HR Experts See (and How to Avoid Them)

These may be obvious to some, but it’s surprising how many people make inappropriate and derogatory statements when they’re being interviewed.

Via Lifehacker.com …

They meet more people in an afternoon than most of us do in a year. But what faux pas do human resources pros see again and again during the interview process? We picked the brains of two high-profile executives to find out what you definitely should and shouldn’t say, as well as what they secretly think of your résumé.

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Does Tech Create Jobs Around the U.S.? Maps And Graphs And Charts, Oh My!

Via Techcrunch …

It’s widely believed in policy circles that technology creates jobs around the U.S., especially outside the startup-happy zone of Silicon Valley. But, searching for statistical nuggets in a needlestack of words is daunting–and a little boring. So, technology lobby, Engine Advocacy, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, are here to inform and dazzle you with multi-colored graphs (plus some egregious copy and pasting on our part) [PDF].

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Top 5 Career & Job Hunting Websites

Via HipVine …

It is no surprise that almost every job is posted online, that is why finding a good website that offers comprehensive information is one of the first major tools to land a job.

Some websites are limited to just lists of job openings and are simply formatted. When you are doing your job hunt,  look for websites that offer career trends, suggestions of what you can do with your current skills and how to translate them into the new position that you desire.

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Bipartisan jobs bill for veterans signed

Signed into law on Monday, this bill provides help for veterans as well as tax incentives and credits for employers:

The bill provides double the tax incentives for companies who hire disabled veterans and repeals a 2006 law that, as of 2012, would have required federal, state, and local governments to withhold three percent of payments to contractors.

Mr. Obama also announced a series of executive actions aimed at providing unemployed veterans with the resources to find jobs – including a jobs bank, employment counseling and online resources allowing veterans to explore their employment options.

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Recruiters Share 10 Common Resume Mistakes

Via Work Goes Strong …

Here’s an excellent piece that covers some of the major mistakes job seekers make when constructing their resumes.

Author Leslie Ayers writes:

If you read my column regularly, you know I believe a great resume is like the golden ticket to the job you really want. It tells a potential employer what you can do for them, and establishes you in their mind as someone they want to meet.

As an added bonus, a great resume makes you feel more confident in your job search, and it serves as a guide in an interview so that all of the important things someone should know about you are covered.

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