Magazine article Talent Development

You Can't Ask That

Magazine article Talent Development

You Can't Ask That

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Have you ever been in a job interview and thought to yourself, "Is that an appropriate question to ask?" If so, your instinct was probably correct. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 20 percent of hiring managers have asked illegal hiring questions. The survey garnered more than 2,100 responses from hiring and human resources managers across various industries nationwide.

"It's important for both interviewer and interviewee to understand what employers do and don't have a legal right to ask in a job interview--for both parties' protection," says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "Though their intentions may be harmless, hiring managers could unknowingly be putting themselves at risk for legal action, as a job candidate could argue that certain questions were used to discriminate against him or her."

At least one in three employers surveyed admitted they are unsure about the legality of questions. …

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