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How to Handle These Awkward (Maybe Even Illegal) Interview Questions

GOBankingRates Logo By Erica Corbin of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 24: When you sit down for a job interview, you expect to answer some tough questions. What are your weaknesses? Why do you want to leave your current job? When is your baby due? Wait, that last one isn’t only difficult because the only thing in your belly is your mom’s famous Frito pie; it’s also completely illegal.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there are several illegal job interview questions, as well as some that skirt the line of appropriateness. Employers are meant to stick to the EEOC’s rules but, unfortunately, don’t always. Interviewers might ask a question simply because they’re making small talk, but, sometimes, they do it in an attempt to gain information they shouldn’t have.
When you are on the receiving end of those hard interview questions, things can get awkward fast. But, what do you do? Flip the table over, scream, “How dare you bring that up!” and storm out? Sure, that works at Thanksgiving, but it could burn some important bridges professionally. By understanding what you should and shouldn’t be asked in an interview, you can better avoid an interview nightmare.

When you sit down for a job interview, you expect to answer some tough questions. What are your weaknesses? Why do you want to leave your current job? When is your baby due? Wait, that last one isn’t only difficult because the only thing in your belly is your mom’s famous Frito pie; it’s also completely illegal.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there are several illegal job interview questions, as well as some that skirt the line of appropriateness. Employers are meant to stick to the EEOC’s rules but, unfortunately, don’t always. Interviewers might ask a question simply because they’re making small talk, but, sometimes, they do it in an attempt to gain information they shouldn’t have.

When you are on the receiving end of those hard interview questions, things can get awkward fast. But, what do you do? Flip the table over, scream, “How dare you bring that up!” and storm out? Sure, that works at Thanksgiving, but it could burn some important bridges professionally. By understanding what you should and shouldn’t be asked in an interview, you can better avoid an interview nightmare.

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