When you are in the process of huntng for a job, it is likely that you will have to attend multiple interviews as well as submit many resumes to different employers. When navigating this process, you might face interview questions that make you feel uncomfortable, or deal with certain recruitment circumstances that you have never faced before.
It is important that you, as a job applicant, take the time to understand how the law works when it comes to recruitment in Missouri. That will allow you to take action if you believe that you have been discriminated against or treated unlawfully in any way.
Can interviewers ask any question they want in a job interview?
During an interview with a prospective employee, employers can ask many different questions on a wide range of topics. They will want to gain a picture of who you are as a person, therefore, they may ask you about a wide variety of topics that include your interests outside of work. However, since the 1960s, there have been laws in place across the United States that prohibit certain things from being asked in a hiring interview. These restrictions have been put in place in an attempt to prevent discrimination.
These banned interview questions are any that address characteristics that are protected from discrimination. It would be unlawful for an employer to ask interviewees about whether they have a disability, what their ethnicity is, whether they are religious, or to ask what country they were born in.
What should an interviewee do if he or she encounters an illegal question?
It is important that all interviewees know what types of questions are illegal so that they can identify such questions in an interview. If they encounter an illegal question, they have the right to assert that the question was illegal, and refuse to answer.
If you have recently been in a job interview and believe that you were asked an illegal question, you may want to take action. It is important that you know you can stand up for your right to be free from employment discrimination in the state of Missouri.