Circuit Recruitment | 06 June 2018
Questions that pertain to the position you are applying for, such as "What are your biggest strengths", "Where do you see yourself in five years", or "Tell me about a big professional achievement you are proud of", are all questions that help interviewers understand a little about your skill set and how you would succeed in the role and with the company. However, if an interview starts to take a turn to more personal questions, don't be afraid to question their relevance.
Questions that are illegal to ask are anything that does not specifically relate to the job requirements, and may be discriminatory, such as questions that have to do with your:
Questions of this nature may not always be classified as 'illegal', but unless they are directly related to the job they are hiring for, it is unlawful to discriminate against any of these factors. An employer cannot ask outright questions on these topics, but may need determine some degree of information. For instance, if the job requires a minimum age, such as working as a bartender, the interviewer can ask for some form of proof of age. Another example is asking questions specific to your ability to perform tasks, such as ensuring they can carry items of a certain weight or standing comfortably for the length of a shift. An employer can ask of your confidence to perform relative tasks, but cannot ask details of your height, weight, or physical/mental limitations.
During a comfortable or more laid back interview, it may be easy for the interviewer to throw in seemingly innocuous questions in order to dig for information beyond what is relevant. This tends to happen easily in more often in relaxed settings, such as having an interview at a cafe. Don't be fooled, you are still entitled to refuse an answer to these questions. You can politely answer the question vaguely to avoid any specific answer or even end an interview, as the interviewer may have asked the inappropriate question accidentally with no malicious intent.
Questions that are not permitted may look something like these:
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