4 Illegal Interview Questions & How to Handle Them…Professionally

You’re all dressed up, you’ve made it to the interview round and now there’s just one more hurdle: the questions. While some are perfectly legit, others could get you into trouble. Here are four illegal interview questions and how to respond if they come up. (Hint: It’s all about staying professional.)

Looking for a job is hard enough as it is, without running into potential roadblocks along the way – which is why knowing what illegal interview questions to watch out for is key. With that in mind, here are four of the most common ones to watch out for – along with tips on how to handle them like a pro.

So, what exactly are illegal interview questions? They are any questions that related to protected characteristics, such as race, religion, national origin, gender, age, or disability. Asking these types of questions is not only unethical – it’s also against the law.

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #1 – HOW OLD ARE YOU?

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #2 – WHAT IS YOUR SALARY HISTORY?

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #3 – DO YOU OWN A CAR?

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #4 – HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ARRESTED BEFORE?

Illegal interview questions are, unfortunately, more common than you might think. In fact, a study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that nearly 60% of employers have asked at least one illegal question during a job interview. The Fair Labor Standards Act Laws (FLSA) prohibit all types of discrimination based on gender, race and other specified protected classes. To obtain more details, click here.

Fortunately, there are ways to handle illegal interview questions professionally. If you’re ever put in this situation, here’s what you should do:

1. Thank the interviewer for their time and say that you’re not comfortable answering the question because they may be illegal based on FLSA practices.
2. Always start of with the question, “how is this question relevant to the job?“.
3. Respond with a general answer that doesn’t provide any specific information about your protected characteristic. For example, if you’re asked about your religion, you could say that you respect all religions and believe that everyone has the right to practice their own faith.
4. Redirect the conversation back to your qualifications for the job.
5. If the interviewer persists, politely end the interview and contact an attorney or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for consultation.

Although you can never be too prepared for an interview, having a general understanding of what is and isn’t appropriate to ask will help ease your mind. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being asked an illegal questions, don’t panic. Stay calm and collected and remember that it is more important to maintain professionalism than to jeopardize your career. Finally, if you need additional help or have any questions about how to handle a difficult interview situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to me here. I would be happy to offer my assistance!

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How to Get a Job While You Still Have One – 3 Strategies To Use Discreetly

So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.

So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.

So, you’re unhappy with your current job and you’re ready to move on. But finding a new job can be a full-time job in itself, and you can’t exactly quit your old job before you have a new one lined up. So how can you find the time to job hunt while still holding down your current gig?

Here are a few tips:

1. Set aside some time each day to job hunt. Even if it’s just 30 minutes, this will help you make progress without feeling overwhelmed. Don’t let your boss catch you slacking off. If you’re spending too much time on your personal laptop during work hours, your boss is bound to notice. So try to do most of your job hunting during your lunch break or after work.

2. Save 1-3 Paid Time Off (PTO) or Vacation days to use for interviews. You never know how long an interview will last and it may impede on your work day significantly, so it is always best to be prepared with using your requested paid days off for interviews.

3. Keep your job search confidential and private. There’s no need to tell your manager(s), supervisor(s) co-workers that you’re looking for a new job. It could backfire quickly! Only notify your direct leader AFTER YOU HAVE SECURED A VIABLE OFFER THAT PAYS YOU MORE MONEY! Not only is it none of their business until the appropriate time. You must be strategic with how you maneuver this process. Unfortunately, you have some petty leaders (managers, supervisors or directors) who will terminate you just because they find out you are looking for other opportunities before you are ready to let the job go.

The job search process can be daunting, but it’s important to remember that you have options. While it may seem like your only choice is to quit your current job and start fresh, there are other ways to go about things. If you need additional help navigating the job search process or want someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through, connect with me here. I would be happy to offer my support and advice. Good luck in your job search!

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Best Career Change Action Steps #5

Making a career change is no small task. It can be difficult to know where to start, or even where to turn for advice. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

In this series, we’ll outline the best steps you can take to make a successful career change action steps. Today we’re discussing Step 5…Apply…Apply….Apply! Deliberate Action is key when it comes to making a career change, so make sure you take the time to get your ducks in a row before beginning your journey.

First, check out Steps 1 – 4 to get the beginning steps.

Step #1 | Step #2 | Step #3 | Step #4 |

Congratulations on making it to the end of our 5-Action Steps to changing careers! As a recap, we’ve covered identifying your transferable skills, doing some market research, creating a plan of action, and getting started. The final step is staying motivated and taking action throughout your journey. This can be tricky when the process seems daunting or you encounter setbacks along the way. That’s where a support system comes in handy. Friends and family can provide encouragement, but for more tailored advice and accountability, consider working with a career coach or mentor. I can help you stay focused on your goals while providing guidance and resources along the way. For additional help with your career transition, work with me directly here.

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Best Career Change Action Steps #4

Are you considering a career change? Making a big life change can be scary, but it’s also an exciting adventure. If you’re feeling ready for a new challenge, here are some action steps to help make the transition go smoothly.
First, check out Steps 1 – 3 to get the beginning steps.

Step #1 | Step #2 | Step #3 | Step #4 | Step #5

That’s all for now. But don’t worry, I have one more action step for you to check out. Just click on the link Step #5 above or here. You can also find more information about making a successful career change by downloading our free guide here. We hope these tips help get you one step closer to your dream job!

Check out the rest of the Career Change Action Steps Series to learn more about making a career change. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for some extra help along the way, reach out to us here and we’ll be happy to chat with you about your options.

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Best Career Change Action Steps #3

Making a career change can be daunting. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Follow these simple action steps and you’ll be on your way to the career of your dreams in no time! We’re on Step #3.

Step #1 | Step #2 | Step #3 | Step #4 | Step #5

That’s all for this week! Be sure to check out the other action steps in the Career Change Action Steps Series. And, as always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need help getting started on your career change journey.

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Best Career Change Action Step #1

Making a career change can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But don’t worry – we’re here to help! In this blog post, we’ll share some action steps that will make the transition smoother and help you create a successful new career. So let’s get started! For step 1, check out the video below.

So, if you’re feeling the itch to make a change, congratulations! You are in excellent company. But before you start packing your bags for that exciting new job or city, there are a few things you need to do first. Check out the other action steps in the Career Change Action Steps Series for more information on how to make your career change as smooth and stress-free as possible. And remember, always consult with a trusted friend or advisor when making such an important decision. We wish you all the best on your journey to finding (or creating) your dream job!

Want to go straight to Step #2…Go here. | Step #3 | Step #4 | Step 5

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The Love-Hate Relationship with Job Interviews

We’ve all had that nervous feeling right before your next job interview. It’s nerve racking to say the least. If you’re new to the job search and career space, I completely understand your anxiety around interviews. Half the battle is the level of preparation that takes place before the interview takes place. The other half is keeping your “nerves” under control while you worry about how you will be perceived by the interviewer. In any case, you will still need to be mentally and physically be prepared. Each type of interview requires diverse preparation, which I talk about in this video. If you are looking for interview coaching before your next job interview, go here.

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Work From Home Jobs Thursdays

Here are some work at home positions you can take advantage of now! I will be sharing work from home jobs (WAH/WFH) jobs on a weekly basis. I want you guys to win the job market, so this is just one way to provide help. Here are the specific positions listed below:

1. Part time Program Support Specialist

2. Administrative Assistant

3. Hypertension Peer Mentor $16-18 per hour

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Career ReVamp 4.2 – The Corporate Employee (Wrap-Up)

In the final part of the Career ReVamp Series, the integral parts of making the career transition and all the tools needed to make it easier. We know that changing careers, even if it needs to be done by force, is a process…not a sprint! Each parts of the process must be implemented strategically to increase your chances of a successful transition.

1. Career Tools Needed for the ReVamp

2. Need help with completing the new resume for you? Go here or if you just need the new resume to be reviewed professionally, then go here.

3. Want me to complete the new revamped career portfolio? Go here.

4. Are you getting interviews in your new career and want help getting prepared for it? Go here.

5. Need to schedule a career strategy session to have a clear path to revamp your career? Go here.

In Part 1 titled, Know Where You Are Now gives you a place to start. You have to where you are now.

In Part 2 titled, Putting Your Plan Together, helps you assess and document your skills, knowledge base, qualification and your overall professional persona. You should also document how to showcase what you have to offer will benefit your new career venture.

In Part 3.1, titled Entrepreneurial Track, you can use your knowledge base to start a viable business. This episode of the series reviews some aspects of business start-up activities.

Part 3.2 titled The Career Track goes into more detail about how to approach your career change choices. It provides an overview of the what you need to do when you change your career.

In Part 4.1 titled The Business Owner Path provided detailed steps to functional entrepreneurship and the specific steps you will need establish your next successful business as your new career venture.

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