Chapter 11Illegal Questions

I take a bit of a different approach toward illegal or inappropriate questions than a lot of authors or experts. For the past thirty-plus years, I’ve experienced thousands of companies and individuals in those companies who ask illegal questions. Most of the companies in this country have fewer than 100 people, and it may not come as a surprise that many hiring or interviewing authorities just don’t have any idea what is legal and what isn’t.

Some of them do it unknowingly and ignorantly, although that’s really hard to believe. But it is true. Some of them do it because they’re simply going to intentionally discriminate based on what they consider to be their prerogative. Some people ask illegal questions just to show ...

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