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July/August 2017 - Harmless' Job Interview Questions That Always Land HR in Big Legal Trouble

HR pros probably go out of their way to avoid asking obvious questions about race, age, gender and disability during job interviews. But it’s often the “innocent” queries that stray into off-limit topics and wind up coming back to haunt employers.

Here are three “harmless” interview questions to tell managers to avoid, courtesy of the Ogletree Deakins law firm:

“When did you graduate from high school?”

Interviewers often ask this question as an attempt to make some type of a personal connection with the job applicant.

Reason: Say the applicant happens to be over 40 years old and doesn’t get the job. He can point to that specific question as proof the interview used age-related questions on which to base the hiring decision.

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