Illegal Interview Questions
Any question that could lead to a person being denied employment because of discriminatory beliefs is normally unlawful in most so-called advanced countries. Hiring managers should not ask about any of the following attributes because it would be considered contrary to equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination laws.
- Marital status
Examples of illegal questions and how to answer:
- How long have you been in Canada? Where are you from? Immigrants: Relate your answer to current Canadian markets, trends and knowledge and the employer’s immediate need.
If you are a Canadian Citizen or have been here awhile, tell the employer. Mention your Canadian work experience or training, ideally in this community or province. If it is in another province, in the United States, United Kingdom or in an overseas organization with North American affiliations, mention it as well. You may have excellent overseas credentials from a superior academic or technical institution that would impress an employer. This information will likely be unfamiliar to the average Canadian employer. Try to attend a Canadian upgrading refresher course from a recognized training institution. Join a North American Association for your occupation if there is one.
Mention your up to date, current occupational and market knowledge. Include your study of related by-laws, codes, acts and government regulations as well as product and service knowledge and trends. Talk about your transferable skills with confidence. Mention your ability to learn quickly. Mention work challenges that you have successfully met that would likely occur in Canada.
- How long have you been off alcohol/drugs? If the employer knows you have had an addiction, point out that you have recovered and you don’t take alcohol or drugs. Mention if you are in a support program. Emphasize that you bring work skills and commitment to succeed. Point out good references and past achievements.
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