List of Questions of Job Interview & Illegal Questions

Below is the questions that are commonly asked in the job interview.


  1. What is your name?
  2. What were your responsibilities?
  3. What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
  4. What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
  5. What is your greatest strength and weakness?
  6. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  7. How do you evaluate success?
  8. What have you done professionally that you succeeded at, but isn’t an experience you’d want to repeat?”
  9. Is it better to be perfect and late, or good and on time?
  10. Can you tell me about this company?
  11. Can you tell me about your relationship with the people around you especially your collegue?
  12. Describe a difficult work situation or project and how you overcame it?
  13. Why did you leave your last job?
  14. Why should we hire you?
  15. Why do you want to work for us?
  16. Do you work better with other people or by yourself?
  17. What are you looking for in terms of career development?
  18. How would you describe the way you work?
  19. What do you expect to get from this job?
  20. What salary do you expect?
  21. Where did you learn that we have a vacancy for this position?


Besides the questions above, an employer can not asks some questions like these (usually personal):


  1. Question about age
  • How old are you?
  • When did you graduate high school?
  • What is your date of birth?

Age discrimination is unlawful in any term, condition, or privilege related to employment. If you faced with these questions you can choose not to answer, or answer with the truthful, if vague, “My age is not an issue for my performance in this job.”

  1. Questions about ancestry or nationality

There are few questions that illegal to ask relating to ancestry and race which are pertinent to employment.

  • You have a strong accent. Where are you from?
  • What race do you identify yourself as?

It would be an act of discrimination, if employers based their hiring decisions on someone’s nationality or their ethnicity.Faced with questions such as these, you can refuse to answer, stating simply, “This question does not affect my ability to perform the job.”

  1. Questions About Criminal Record

During an interview, an interviewer can legally ask about any convicted crimes that relate to the job duties. For example, if you are interviewing for a position that requires handling money or merchandise, you can legally be asked if you have ever been convicted of theft. Depending of the type of job you are applying, the employer will usually do a background check. During an interview, you cannot be asked about arrests without convictions, or involvement in any political demonstrations.

You may choose to tell the interviewer simply, “There is nothing in my past which would affect my ability to perform the duties of this job.

  1. Questions About Disability

Under no circumstances is a prospective employer allowed to ask your height, weight, or any details regarding any physical or mental limitations you may have, for example:

  1. Have you ever been treated for mental disability?
  2. Have you experienced any serious illnesses in the past year?
  3. Do you have a visual, speech, or hearing disability?

It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a qualified applicant or employee with a disability. No employer should ask about your physical or mental limitations, unless they state it in their job requirements. If you choose to reply, you can state “I am confident that I will be able to handle the requirements of this position.”

Questions About Family Status

An interviewer can’t ask

  • What is your marital status?
  • Are you pregnant?
  • Do you have children?
  • What is your child care situation?
  • Do you intend to have children (or more children)?
  • How much does your spouse earn in a year?

These questions can be too private, discriminative, and it is not relevant to your job requirements. If you choose to answer a question of this kind, a graceful way to answer is to say that you can perform all the duties that the position entails and that you plan to be very dedicated in your work.

  1. Questions About Religion or Belief

A few examples of illegal questions about belief or religion are:

  • What is your religious affiliation?
  • Will you need to observe a religious holiday?

An employer cannot consider religious belief in any employment action, which in this case is hiring. It is rude and discriminative to question other people’s belief or their place of worship. And it is not related to your job or your job requirements. If you encounter such questions, you can reply by saying that your belief will not interrupt your ability to do your job.



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