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But the question is, how do you handle this type of question when you’re being interviewed?
The interview process is hard enough without having to dodge your way through illegal questions.
Refusing to answer the question or becoming angry at the interviewer will probably cost you the chance of getting the
job (however do you want to work at this type of company?)
My advice is to answer the INTENTION of the question. You need to understand and be aware of what the interviewer
is really trying to find out. You need to measure the motive behind the question and if you believe the question to be
“innocent” then go on the offensive with your response.
Question: Are you a U.S. citizen? (illegal question) Now what is the intent of this question? Is the interviewer discriminating against non-US residents or are they just making
sure you are authorized to work in the USA?
If the intent of the question is finding out if I am authorized to work in the USA my answer would be: “I am legally
allowed and approved to work in the United States.”
Question: “What is your marital status? (illegal question)
If you’re interviewing for a job that has long hours and overtime, again it’s important to figure out the intent of the question.
Are they asking you this question on a malicious intent (which is illegal and thus should be reported) or is the question
intended because of the long hours? If you believe it’s because of the long hours my answer would be: “I am available to
work the hours required including overtime and weekends.”
Just remember – Not all interviewers are even aware that they have asked an illegal question. Instead of getting defensive
or angry take a moment...
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2013 for the course BA 202 taught by Professor Cuongvu during the Fall '13 term at Copenhagen Business School.
- Fall '13