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NYSL Promotions on Questions to Never Ask in Interviews

At NYSL Promotions, we believe firmly in the importance of diversity in the workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer not only because it is the right thing to do. Having a team filled with different perspectives also fuels creativity. Unfortunately, we have found that many employers ask questions that they shouldn’t ask in interviews. Make sure to avoid the following:

• “Are You a Citizen?”: It is illegal to ask someone whether he or she is a U.S. citizen. Instead, ask if the person is authorized to work in the U.S. and have him or her complete an I-9 form to verify this status.

• “How Old Are You?”: It may seem relatively benign, but asking someone’s age is a bad idea. Age discrimination is as illegal as any other form. We at NYSL Promotions suggest you completely avoid the topic of age. If the position has a legal age requirement (such as serving alcohol), simply ask if the individual meets that requirement.

• “Are You Planning to Have Children?”: Other than being rather inappropriate in an interview setting, asking about children is also a bad idea for legal reasons. Consider asking about schedule limitations instead.

• “Are There Any Religious Holidays That Would Limit Your Schedule?”: Never ask interview candidates about anything relating to religion. People’s religious rights are firmly protected by the First Amendment.

Some seemingly innocent questions can cause a lot of trouble when you are hiring. We at NYSL Promotions suggest you steer clear of the above inquiries.