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7 deadly questions: What hiring managers can’t ask

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You know this list by heart: The interview questions that must never, ever be asked. Others in your company could probably use a reminder.

Make sure everyone involved in the interview process—including employees you bring in to meet the applicant—understands what they can’t ask legally. They must not ask:

  1. Are you married? Divorced?
  2. How old are you? (unless it’s a bona fide occupational qualification)
  3. Do you have or intend to have children?
  4. What are your day care plans?
  5. Do you own or rent your home?
  6. Do you have any debts?
  7. Are you ill or disabled?

Bottom line: Every question should address: How well could this person perform the job?

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