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Inappropriate Topics for a Job Interview

Updated on January 16, 2015
Worried about his national origin?  How do you address this issue?
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Navigating delicate topics can make conducting job interviews stressful. The list of things an interviewer should not ask about are based on personal information such as:

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  • Age
  • Race, birthplace, national origin;
  • Gender, sexual preference;
  • Religion, spiritual views/practices;
  • Marital or family status;
  • Disabilities;
  • Political affiliations.


These types of questions could be viewed as discriminatory against the job candidate, even if the employer genuinely needs to know.

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Legitimate situations include:

  • The position requires extended work hours or unusual shifts. The interviewer may need to know about the candidate’s family situation for the sake of availability.
  • The position is funded by the government to help workers with disabilities gain employment. The employer needs to know about the candidate’s limitations and strengths equally to determine the candidate's eligibility for the program.
  • The company hosts special family services or events. The employer will naturally be curious about a candidate’s family situation in order to embrace them into the company as well.


In all cases, employers need to know if the candidate is legally allowed to work in the country. If there is any question in the interviewer’s mind, he or she may be tempted to ask about the candidate’s national origin or birthplace. The best way to address this issue to let the candidate know they will need to provide a Social Insurance Number / Social Security Number and proof of residency status or a valid work visa if hired.

What to Ask ...

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Tips

Interviewers should be conscious about how they approach these topics. For example, explain the situation or concern and ask the candidate to address the subject instead of asking pointed questions that would make them uncomfortable or alarmed.

Job candidates should try to answer the intent of the question. If the intent is unclear, ask the interviewer, “How does this relate to the position I am interviewing for?” If you think the answer is reasonable, address the intent honestly. Otherwise, tell the interviewer candidly that you are uncomfortable with the question and/or change the topic.

When dealing with questions that address personal issues, deal with them firmly and respectfully.

© 2011 Rosa Marchisella

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      Rosa Marchisella 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you :-)

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      Sidney Endow 4 years ago

      [quote]8192 characters left.[/quote]

      You made your point very nicely...

      Astounding all types of great tips.

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      Rosa Marchisella 6 years ago from Canada

      I don't know if anyone ever gets over their nerves - even people who perform or speak in front of others usually have jitters beforehand. But, with practice and confidence it does become easier. I found it helps to remember that the interviewer is usually just as nervous (or more) because they're scared of saying the wrong thing, making a mistake that will cause problems for the business, aren't comfortable in an authoritarian role or just really are NOT outgoing folks.

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      Jackie Paulson 6 years ago from USA IL

      I am always nervous on interviews...I wonder if I will ever get over that. I am 44 and looking for work and sick of the interviews.

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      Rosa Marchisella 6 years ago from Canada

      Sometimes interviews can be stressful and awkward. I had one lady hug me ...!? I guess she felt things went well :-D

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Job interviews have often scared me. Because people expect in the western world to shake hands at the beginning of a meeting, people will put out there hands. Meanwhile my right hand has no manual dexterity. I try to put my left hand out first, but I am sometimes beat to the punch, as it were. Unfortunately for me, this internet/computer world tends to require a high typing speed which I simply do not have.

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