Some questions interviewers ask may be illegal. They can be prohibited by the Civil Right Act of 1964, and many other federal and state laws. Normally, if the question asked applies directly to the job duties themselves, that question is appropriate.
Here are some sample questions that are inapporpriate:
INAPPROPRIATE: Are you married, divorces or single?
INAPPROPRIATE: How old are you?
INAPPROPRIATE: Do you go to church regularly?
INAPPROPRIATE: Do you have many debts?
APPROPRIATE: We require credit report for all applicants interviewed.
INAPPROPRIATE: Do you own or rent your home?
INAPPROPRIATE: What social or political organizations do you belong to?
APPROPRIATE: Volunteer on campus?
INAPPROPRIATE: Were you ever arrested?
APPROPRIATE: We require criminal background check of all applicants.
INAPPROPRIATE: How much do you weigh?
APPROPRIATE: Job requires heavy lifing.
INAPPROPRIATE: What does your spouse think about your career?
INAPPROPRIATE: What are your plans for having a family?
If you think the question posed by the interview is against the law, simply respond, “I’m sorry, but the information I have indicates that question does not apply to my potential entry into……program.” “Perhaps I mis-understood the question?” Or, finally you can say, “That information is of a personal nature, and I cannot answer your question.