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Being interviewed? Companies can't ask you certain questions

When you are on the hunt for a new job, there will be times when you get called in for an interview. Your excitement and hope may carry the day, but one logistical thing to realize about the interview process -- and the hiring process in general -- is that you have rights as a potential new-hire.

One example of these rights is that, during the interview, the interviewer is forbidden from asking the interviewee certain questions. These are questions such as:

  • Are you married or do you plan to get married?
  • Do you have children or plan to get pregnant?
  • What is your race/religion/sexual preference?
  • What is your citizenship status?
  • Do you consume alcohol or use drugs?

All of these questions are forbidden during a job interview.

In addition, the company that interviews you may eventually choose you as an employee. If they do so, they will have a number of processes they must complete in a timely and compliant manner. They have to establish a federal identification number for you so that you can be taxed appropriately; they have to obtain workers' compensation and insurance provisions for you; and they are required to help you with your benefits and how to register for them.

The hiring process is an important time for both the hiring company and the prospective employee. You have rights during this process, and it is imperative that you protect yourself. If you believe your rights have been violated during the hiring process, reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible.

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