Even during a pandemic when work often looks different and employers expect something more or different from employees, some interview questions are still illegal. Be careful and make sure that you and your hiring teams aren’t asking questions that compel people to reveal protected/private information. Here are a few questions you can’t ask:
- Do you have kids? If so, what arrangements will you make for childcare/schooling during work hours?
- Are you planning to start a family soon?
- Are you a native English speaker?
- Do you have any health conditions?
- How old are you?
- How often do you typically take sick days? Have you had an extended medical leave?
- How many kids do you have?
- Do you have a partner or family member to help with caregiving?
- Have you ever been treated for any mental health issue?
- Have you ever experienced or been treated for depression?
In these chaotic times, it’s worth reminding your managers and hiring teams that some questions are never okay. Urge them to focus on qualifications and whether job candidates are a good fit for the position and the organization’s culture.