Join Valerie Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Handling illegal questions, part of Acing Your Interview (2013).
Often candidates will be faced with what they think is a tricky question, but is …actually illegal. Many times interviewers don't even …realize that a question is illegal, and have not been properly trained in …interviewing techniques. This will also lead them to ask bizarre …and inappropreate questions. There are techniques to handle these …situations that will allow you to overcome these types of questions. …In the US illegal questions are guided by federal law and categorized by the Equal …Employment Opportunity Commission. The categories of discrimination include …race, religion, national origin, birthplace, sex, color, disability and …marriage/family status. There are five questions for answering …these questions and it will depend on the intent, because often these questions are …posed as small talk. You will want to handle them appropriately.…
For instance, an interviewer may ask, so, you're married? …Or, you have children? First, you can answer the question. …If you feel that they are just making small talk, and it will not affect the …
- Understanding interview formats
- Anticipating questions and preparing answers
- Researching potential employers
- Establishing good body language in the interview
- Reviewing your performance
- Answering questions using the Situation-Action-Result method
Skill Level Intermediate
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Q: This course was updated on 6/05/2013. What changed?
A: We added new videos on handling tricky and possibly illegal interview questions, what your body language says about you, and how to answer questions with the SAR (Situation-Action-Result) method.