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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