In the course of an interview, an employer's goal is to get as much information as he or she possibly can. Here are some of the illegal interview questions that an employer might ask. They cannot be asked for legal reasons. If an employer asks you this information or presses for an answer, you don't have to respond.

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Are You Married?

Whether you’re married is a common question that interviewers ask. In some cases, the purpose might not be problematic. The employer might just be trying to get to know you, but technically it's an illegal question. It falls into the same category as asking about your sexual orientation. You don't have to answer that question if you don't want to.

Do You Have Children?

Similarly, your employer can't ask you whether you have children and force you to answer. Even though the employer may want to find out how committed you'll be and how often you can work or whether you're likely to prioritize other responsibilities over those of the job, he or she can't ask you about your kids. However, this is the sort of information that often gets disclosed in chitchat and regular office conversation, so bear that in mind.

What Religious Practices and Holidays Do You Observe?

Asking about your religious practices and the holidays that you observe is illegal as well. Most of the time, the reasons that employers want this information is so they know whether you're going to be able to work when they need you or to predict when you'll need time off. Faithful religious observance and doctrinal requirements may require that the employer offer reasonable accommodations. But even so, the employer can't ask you this question during the interview. One exception to this is whether you can work Sundays or Saturdays. This is just a general availability question, and as long as it is not explicitly related to religion, you will need to answer it.

Have You Been Arrested?

Employers can run background checks, and they can ask whether you've been convicted of a felony if it applies to your ability to perform the job in some capacity. In some states, they can even ask for information about B-level misdemeanors. But they can't ask whether you've been arrested.

Are You a Foreigner? Or What Country Are You From?

A potential employer can't ask you whether you were born outside of the United States, or even what your country of origin is. National origin is a protected class. Requiring evidence of citizenship for certain occupations is not against the law, but the interview process is generally not the proper place for it.

How Much Debt Do You Have?

Your financial and credit history is none of your employer's business. While he or she can request permission to run a credit check, he can't base his decision on that information. Additionally, he can't ask how much debt you have or how you handle it. Even in a financial industry or debt management business, this question can’t be asked without breaking the law.

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