Weekly HR News Interview questions. What you can and an't ask in regards to marital and family status!

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Interview Questions – What you can and can’t ask in regards to marital and family status!

Part 4 of 7

The job interview is a great way to find out if an applicant is the right person for the job.  It is also an opportunity for the city to find its way into a lawsuit if the wrong questions are asked.  In this series of articles, we will take a look at what questions will get you in hot water and what questions will get you the answers that you need to know!

Issues with questions related to marital and family status:

Issues with these questions usually occur in regards to women with children, but they're applicable to everyone. Don't make assumptions!

  1. What you can't ask: Is this your maiden name?

Keep in mind that a candidate's marital status isn't something that's required to be shared with employers.

What to ask instead: Have you worked or earned a degree under another name?

  1. What you can't ask: Do you have or plan to have children?

Again, only ask questions about a candidate's availability.

What to ask instead: Are you available to work overtime on occasion? Can you travel?

  1. What you can't ask: Can you get a babysitter on short notice for overtime or travel?

What to ask instead: You'll be required to travel or work overtime on short notice. Is this a problem for you?

  1. What you can't ask: If you get pregnant, will you continue to work, and will you come back after maternity leave?

Only discuss general plans for the future.

What to ask instead: What are your long-term career goals?

Next week we will look at issues in regards to gender.  For a complete list of interview questions, contact Andrea Shindlebower with the KLC Legal Department.