The goal of any interview is to get to know you better and make sure that your background fits the company’s needs. Every employer wants to fill the position with someone who fits well and has enough experience to do the job. And while interviews can become more personal as the conversation continues, certain questions should be avoided at all costs. Human resources departments are usually aware of illegal interview questions, but hiring managers and other employees who take part in screening job candidates aren’t always well-trained interviewers. Here’s a short list of some of the off-limits topics during an interview.
“If the hiring manager is starting to probe you about taboo topics, don’t be afraid to (politely) tell them that you’d prefer to discuss the position, not irrelevant details,” says Anthony Morrison, vice president of the career networking website Cachinko.