8 Common Job Interview Questions That are Illegal

By Genevieve George, an EO Sydney member and CEO/founder of OneShift

I couldn’t believe it when I found out about these illegal job interview questions! No doubt employers are aware that there are certain questions that are an absolute no go zone, but do the applicants? I certainly didn’t!

You are only allowed to be asked interview questions that are relevant to the job you are applying for. So keep your ear out for any sneaky behavior by your interviewer! They will try to get some of these out of you.

If you are asked any of the following in your next job interview, remember that it’s your right not to answer:

8 Illegal Job Interview Questions

1. How old are you?

Surely a date of birth is something that many people have written on their resumes? But yep, unless it’s relevant to your job (such as having to be over 18 to work in a bar), your age is your business in a job interview. Which I’m surely many people are thankful for!

Learn more, and don’t let prospective employers make unfair judgments of you. 


Categories: Lessons Learned members PEOPLE/STAFF


One Response to “ 8 Common Job Interview Questions That are Illegal ”

  1. Deepak Bante on

    Recently i was in an interview and had to face some personal questions. It really becomes unnerving to share your personal life with strangers. Many applicants have to face silly questions during interview this causes them to loose focus. Besides most of personal info is already mentioned in the CV. Thanks for sharing such useful information with us.


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