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The Job Interview. Illegal Questions in a Job Interview Marilyn Michaels, WBL Coordinator. Objectives. Students will be able to recognize illegal job interview questions. Students will gain knowledge of proper responses to illegal/inappropriate interview questions. Pre-Test . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Illegal Questions in a Job Interview

    Marilyn Michaels, WBL Coordinator*

    VTP 566 Rockland BOCES The Possibilities are Endless

  • Students will be able to recognize illegal job interview questions.

    Students will gain knowledge of proper responses to illegal/inappropriate interview questions.

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  • Which of the following questions are illegal to ask during a job interview?

    How did you learn about this job?Do you have any physical or mental disabilities?Have you even been convicted of a felony?Pasquale, is that a Spanish name?Are you taking any prescription drugs?*

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  • If asked an illegal question, what is the best way to handle the situation?

    Refuse to answer the question.Answer the question anyway.Answer the intent of the question.Point out that the question is illegal.

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  • Employers sometimes ask illegal/inappropriate questions because

    they are racist.they arent familiar with labor laws.they want to take advantage of the interviewees lack of experience.they will do what ever is necessary to learn what they need to know.

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  • Federal and state laws prohibit any question not related to the job itself such as:

    racecolorreligionethnic backgroundbirthplacedisabilitymarital/family statussexual preferences age*Illegal Job Interview Questions

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  • Answer the questionNot all employers are familiar with the laws.Often asked in innocence

    Answer the intent of the questionExample: If asked if you are a US citizen (illegal) respond that you are authorized to work in the US.Be brief.*

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  • Carefully change the topic and avoid the questionIgnore question and redirect to a new topic area.

    Point out that the question is illegal.Be tactful and stay calm.If interviewer becomes offended, you will not get the job,*

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  • Refusing to answer a question might cost you the job.

    Do you really want to work in a place that asks inappropriate/illegal questions?

    Volunteer information that an interviewer cant ask you.*

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  • Most is not deliberate.

    Consider the intent.

    Court of law will determine discrimination and if a crime has been committed.

    A labor attorney can help you decide if you have been discriminated against when applying for a job or while on a job.*

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  • When were you born?

    Of which country are you a citizen?

    What language did you speak growing up?

    Have you been arrested?Are you over 18?

    Do you have a legal right to work in the US?

    This job requires that you speak Spanish, do you?

    Have you been convicted of a felony?*

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  • Which of the following questions is illegal to ask during a job interview?

    How did you learn about this job?Do you have any physical or mental disabilities?Have you even been convicted of a felony?Pasquale, is that a Spanish name?Are you taking any prescription drugs?

    Both b and d are illegal questions

    *Post Test

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  • If asked an illegal question, what is the best way to handle the situation?

    Refuse to answer the question.Answer the question anyway.Answer the intent of the question.Point out that the question is illegal.c) Answer the intent of the question.

    *Post Test

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  • Employers sometimes ask illegal/inappropriate questions becausethey are racist.they arent familiar with labor laws.they want to take advantage of the interviewees lack of experience.they will do what ever is necessary to learn what they need to know. b) they arent familiar with labor laws.

    *Post Test

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  • Break into groups of three or work individually if you prefer.

    Group will be given three scenarios.

    Group will decide: 1) Was the question illegal? If so, could be rephrased to make it legal? 2) Was the interviewees answer appropriate? How should they have answered?Share responses with the class. *

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  • Robert is interviewing for a position as a security guard with a GUARDIAN SERVICES. During the course of the interview, he is asked, Have you ever been arrested? He answers, When I was younger, I was arrested for disorderly conduct but was treated as a youthful offender.

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  • *MaryAnne enters the room for an interview with Mr. Johnson, of the law firm, Dewey, Cheatham & Howe. MaryAnne is inter-viewing for a paralegal position.Mr. Johnson says, Tell me a little about your personal life. MaryAnne replies, I recently graduated from college and currently live in Albany. I enjoy travelling, golfing and spending time with my family.

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  • Juan has been granted an interview for a job with a construction firm as a project manager. While meeting with Mrs. Harris, the owner, he is asked the following question:Mrs. Harris: What an interesting accent you have, Juan. Where are you from?Juan: Im originally from Puerto Rico, but Ive been a citizen of the United States since 2002. *

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