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The Most Common Illegal Questions Asked At Job Interviews

Employers love to make potential new hires jump through verbal hoops in hopes of weeding out the unworthy and gauging your willingness to “play ball” with management, but can they legally ask you so many questions?

Lifehacker has put together a list of The Most Common Illegal Job Interview Questions so you can go into a job interview armed with knowledge.

Everybody knows questions about your age, religion and health are no-nos, but did you know potential employers aren’t allowed to ask whether you have a criminal background, or even if you like to drink after work?

This interesting article also includes a section on what you should do if they ask you these illegal questions, with suggested work arounds so you don’t give up on that job just because the interviewer doesn’t know the rules.


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Whenever they ask an illegal question, just lie.
Same applies when cops, Homeland 'Security' agents, TSA bullies, etc. ask questions that the federal government has already said are illegal (such as asking what your Social Security Number is, without being able to provide you with which act of Congress specifically allows them to ask). Just make up an answer.
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I agree with the first Lifehacker commenter. You can refuse to answer an illegal question, but the you've just spiked the job interview. It has to be handled carefully.
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