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Job Search Handbook
Legal and Illegal Interview Questions
There are questions which are legal and illegal to ask as part of the job search process. Here is a list of
what can and cannot be asked, based upon current laws. You may always volunteer this information if
you think it is in your best interest.
Age • May not require an applicant’s age,
date of birth, or for records to prove
• Year of graduation from high school.
• An employer may ask whether
an individual meets the
minimum age requirements set
by law. “Are you over the age of
18?” is an appropriate question.
Citizenship • Are you a U.S. Citizen?
• Where were you/your parents born?
• What is your “native tongue?”
• Are you authorized to work in
the United States?
• All questions regarding a person’s race/
color will be deemed illegal under state
None. and federal laws.
• Any question with regard to an
applicant’s religious beliefs,
• After an individual is hired, an
denomination, or any questions that
employer may inquire about
Religion indicate religious customs or holidays
observed. • Are you married?
• Would you be willing to relocate
• With whom do you live?
Marital/Family • Do you plan to have a family?
• Would you be able and willing
Status • What are your child-care arrangements?
to work overtime as necessary?
• Are you able to lift a 50-pound
• How tall are you?
weight and carry it 100 yards, as
Personal • How much do you weigh?
that is part of the job?
• Do you have any disabilities?
• Please complete the following medical
history. • How’s your family’s health?
• Any inquiry in relation to arrests.
Questions related to convictions prior
to an applicant being offered a job
interview or a conditional offer of
• If you’ve been in the military, were
you honorably discharged?
• Are you able to perform the
essential job functions?
• Can you demonstrate how you
would perform the following
• Inquiries into actual convictions
which related reasonably to
ability to perform a particular
job can be made once an
applicant has been offered a job
interview or a conditional offer
• In what branch of the Armed
Forces did you serve?
• What type of training or
education did you receive in the