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    Categories:Employers May Ask:Employers May NOT Ask:
    Age Are you under the age of 18? When were you born?
    How old are you?
    Ancestry or
    National origin
    No questions What is your language,
    ancestry, or national origin?
    Birthplace No questions Where were you born?
    Where were your parents born?
    Citizenship Are you a citizen?
    Do you intend to become a citizen?
    Are your parents/spouse citizens?
    When did you become citizens?
    Criminal record Have you been convicted of a crime? Have you ever been arrested?
    Dependents No questions Do you have children?
    Do you have childcare?
    Disability No questions Do you have a handicap?
    Have you collected disability/
    workers' compensation?
    Marital Status No questions What is your marital status?
    Military Are you a US veteran?
    What is your military history?
    Are you collecting a service-
    connected disability pension?
    Race No questions What is your race? Color?
    Photos cannot be required to
    accompany applications.
    Relatives No questions Where does your mother, father or
    any other relative work or conduct
    business?
    Religion No questions What religious holidays do you
    observe?
    Sex No questions What is your sex?
    Sexual Preference No questions Are you a homosexual?

    If you feel you have been discriminated against--contact your local office of Human Rights.

    Some employers may ask you questions they should not -- questions that may be discriminatory. While you should not answer them, be prepared to deal with the underlying issues (for example a question about age may be the interviewer wondering if you can handle the job or a question about childcare may be the employer wondering about whether you will miss a lot of work...you can reassure the employer about these things without directly answering the questions).

    Go to Table of ContentsInterview Tips25 Commonly Asked QuestionsAfter Interview Checklist, and Sample Follow-up Letter.

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