Below is a table with some examples of appropriate and inappropriate inquiries during the hiring process.
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|Subject||Appropriate Inquiries||Inappropriate Inquiries|
|Age||None.||Questions about age, date of birth, requests for birth certificate.|
|Arrests/Convictions||None. Only Human Resources can address this type of inquiry.||Inquiries regarding arrest/conviction record.|
|Citizenship||May ask questions about legal authorization to work in the specific position if all applicants are asked.||May not ask if person is a U.S. citizen or what citizenship the person holds.|
|Disability||May ask about applicant’s ability to perform job-related functions.||Question (or series of questions) that is likely to solicit information about a disability.|
|Education||Inquiries about degree or equivalent experience.||
May consider introducing yourself by using your pronouns.
|Inquiries about the applicant's gender. May not insist that someone shares their pronouns.|
|Height and Weight||None.||Inquiries about the applicant’s height or weight.|
|Language||If a job requirement: Do you speak, read, or write (specific) language?||What is your native tongue?|
|Marital, Parental, or Caregiver Status||Whether applicant can meet work schedule or job requirements. Should be asked of all genders.||Any inquiry about marital status, children, pregnancy, caregiving, or child care plans.|
|Military Record||None, except as relates to job-related experience or education during military service.||Type or condition of discharge.|
|National Origin||May ask if legally authorized to work in this specific position if all applicants are asked.||May not ask a person’s birthplace; if the person is a U.S. citizen; questions about the person’s lineage, ancestry, descent or parentage; how the person acquired the ability to speak/read/learn a foreign language.|
|Organizations||Inquiries about professional organizations related to the position.||Inquiries about personal or professional organizations suggesting race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, disability, or veteran status.|
|Personal Finances||None.||Inquiries regarding credit record, owning a home, or garnishment record.|
|Photograph||None.||Any inquiry for a photograph prior to hire.|
|Political Affiliation||None.||Inquiries about membership in a political party.|
|Race or Color||None.||Comments about complexion or color of skin.|
|Religion||Describe the work schedule and ask whether applicant can work that schedule. Should be asked of all applicants.||Inquiries about religious preferences, affiliation, denominations, church, and religious holidays observed.|