Before the Interview: Illegal Interview Questions

 Interview Questions That Should Not Be Asked

Key QuestionsCanadian Human Rights law prohibits interviewers from asking questions concerning:

  • County/place of origin and citizenship status – What country are you from?
  • Religion, faith or creed
  • Age – How old are you?
  • Gender or sexual orientation
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Family structure, children or marital status – Are you married? Do you have children? Do you plan to have children in the future?
  • Mental or physical health and disability – Do you have any physical impairment or disability?
  • Appearance, height and weight
  • Pardoned offences

ImportantAlthough the interviewer may be making casual conversation and the inquiry is innocent, the above listed questions are deemed discriminatory and are inappropriate in an interview.

Interview questions should solely be based on the candidate’s skills and ability to perform the duties of the job and the bona fide occupational requirements deemed essential in performing those duties.

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