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Handle Inappropriate Questions Tactfully

Chances are that somewhere in your job hunting someone is going to ask you an illegal, or at least inappropriate, question. Johanna Rothman has heard some doozies.

“Are You Pregnant?”
by Johanna Rothman, speaker/author/consultant, Boston, Massachusetts
Johanna Rothman

I was looking for a job in the months after I was married, and I was astonished at the comments. “Wow, what a rock,” said, one interviewer. “Thank you, my husband has great taste.” One HR person looked at my engagement ring, which is really not that big, and said “You don’t need to work, do you?” “Sure I do,” told her, “I’m keeping him, not the other way around.”

At one interview, the hiring manager asked, “Are you pregnant?” I was floored ...

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