What questions can I be legally asked at a job interview?
I work as an independent contractor and was recently reminded that many of the questions I'm asked are illegal to ask for standard employees and I'm wondering if it's legal for a prospective employer to ask me these questions if I'm working as an independent contractor. What exactly are the questions a prospective company is allowed to ask an independent contractor? Are there any limits or are they only supposed to ask those same questions as if you were applying for employment?
First off, in terms of whether independent contracts can be asked different questions, all I can find are that it's legal to ask specific questions if they directly relate to the ability of the applicant to do the job. The Department of the Interior has a useful table of legal / illegal questions.
The Successful Interview - What Not to Do
The following list is comprised of subject matter that is widely regarded as off-limits for discussion in an interview by employment experts. Most of these subjects relate directly to federal and state employment laws. Legislation covering equal employment opportunity is extensive and complex. Check not only federal laws, but also your own state's laws and guidelines. Remember, state laws vary! Consult an attorney for legal advice before you begin the search process for a new employee.
In an interview, or on an employment application, do not ask questions:
Remember - when in doubt, ask yourself if the question is job-related; if not, don't ask!
For more information
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission homepage: http://www.eeoc.gov/.
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