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8 Interview Questions You Should Never Ask

They seem like friendly, harmless queries, but they can land you in a serious legal tar pit. Here's how to learn safely what you need to know.

With success come headaches. More employees, for example. The more employees you have, the more responsibility for you and the more potential legal land mines.  In this article, I’ll focus on the first of the employee-related mine fields you have to cross—the new-hire interview. Along with the obvious no-nos, there are a number of seemingly innocuous topics you should avoid in job interviews. Some of them are things you might ask of a casual acquaintance in other circumstances, and no one would mind. But remember: In the eyes of the law, employment isn't a casual relationship, and you as an employer have to use some caution. Best to stay away from the following: 


Author: Chas Rampenthal  

Chas Rampenthal is General Counsel and Vice President of Product Development at LegalZoom. He's also a former talk radio host (KTLK AM 1150 at ClearChannel) and an entrepreneur himself, as the founder of LegalEndeavor. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and California.