6 illegal nursing interview questions

ILLEGAL: “Are you married? How many children do you have? Who do you live with?

LEGAL: “Can you relocate if necessary? Are you willing to travel as a part of this job? Can you work overtime as necessary?”

Your marital and family status is not being interviewed here — you are. Anything about your living situation, roommates, fiancés, spouses, children, etc., is off limits. While employers might simply be trying to gauge how busy you are in your personal life to see if it clashes with your nursing responsibilities, it’s illegal to make a hiring decision based on this factor. As a potential employee, if you can commit to the necessary work hours and agree to the job requirements, your other responsibilities shouldn’t matter. Women should especially be wary of being asked for their maiden name — it’s not required for employers if it isn’t legally your name. (But you can be asked if you’ve ever worked under another name.)

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2 Responses to 6 illegal nursing interview questions

  1. aileen

    It saddens me that age is a big issue here in the Philippines,i hope they will look into what is more essential -the knowledge that a nurse possess and her disposition is more important than how long she has lived.

  2. tracie

    if im disabled but can work with restrictions dont the employer have to try to make accomadations or can they just not hire me at all

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