Responding to taboo questions

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Responding to Taboo Questions. Not all interview questions are acceptable. There are certain topics that should not bebrought up and information that a potential employer has no right asking for. Some ofthese questions are not legal and others while legal may leave you feeling uncomfortable.

You do not have to answer certain questions, but how you let the interviewer know thiscan determine if your application will continue forward.

For more information on questions that should not be asked or that you do not have toanswer, contact your local government office that handles labor relations. They canprovide these guidelines to you at no charge. If questions are being asked about yourprivate life (and you are uncomfortable answering them), you do not have to. You canmildly tell the interviewer that you plan on devoting the time you spend at work to workand your personal life stays in your personal life. And try to leave it at that. If theinterviewer keeps pressing, you will have to decide if the job is worth it to you.

It is your decision to provide the information you do – know your rights beforehand – butyou can still decide to answer a question that should not be asked. Keep in mind that if apotential employer wants details about how you spend time outside of work it may bebecause they expect their employees to put in a lot of extra hours and they are trying togauge if you have commitments that would prevent you from doing this.

Other questions, such as sexual orientation, past relationships, and other lifestyle choiceshave no business in an interview setting. If there is a physical aspect to the job and amedical evaluation is necessary, this is typically done by a doctor or other medicalprofessional who will give you clearance. You do not have to provide details to theinterviewer.

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