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Don't Answer Discriminatory Interview Questions

Houston's job rate is improving, reports KUHF-TV. So as more Houstonians find work, that means more of them are going to job interviews.

If you're going for a job interview, you might want to make yourself aware of which job interview questions are okay and which ones are downright illegal.

You don't have to answer any illegal questions at an interview.

It's not always easy to figure out, especially since there are grey areas. But nevertheless, here are some quick things to be aware of:

An employer can't discriminate against you for a protected reason. That means that an employer can't discriminate against you for gender, race, religion, marital status or sexual preference.

So, an employer isn't allowed to ask you if you're married or pregnant, for example.

Or ask what your sexual preference is. They also can't ask your stance on a particular issue relating to sexual preference).

So, if you're asked a potentially discriminatory question, how do you react?

It's a very tricky question, especially since you want the job and you don't want to harm your chances of getting the job.

The best thing you can do is to refrain from answering the question. Politely, of course. But you don't have to answer a question that is discriminatory.

Discrimination in the hiring process is not always easy to detect and it's not always easy to prove. With the abundance of online tools, it's becoming increasingly easy to discriminate against someone as early as the application process. And assuming someone discriminates against you that early, you have very little to go on, other than mere suspicion.

Age discrimination, for example, can occur simply by someone looking at your graduation year.

Racial discrimination is also very easy, given tools like LinkedIn and Facebook. All it takes is one glance to your LinkedIn profile for a potential employer to see your race.

And even if race was a motivating factor in declining to hire you, employers can always protect themselves by saying that another candidate was a better fit. Given the abundance of competent and qualified unemployed people these days, that's not a stretch.

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