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Job applications: what to include, what to leave out

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Issue: Done right, your job application is a great tool to collect applicant information and communicate key data about your organization.

Risk: Unnecessary questions can run you afoul of federal or state discrimination laws.

Action: Audit your application with the checklist below.

If your job application hasn't changed in a few years, it probably needs revising.

Analyze each question to make sure it relates to the central theme of "How are you qualified to perform the job?" Applications, like interviews, run into trouble when they veer off into unnecessary questions.

While no single federal law governs job applications, one wrong question can spark a lawsuit under various laws, particularly Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bans sex, age, race and religious bias.

6 questions to leave out

To avoid bias complaints, here's what to leave off your application:

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