Taboo Interview Subjects If An Employee Spills the Beans, Can You Ask About Them

December 16, 1998
Most employers know there are subjects that should not be brought up in an interview. But what if an employee brings such a subject up—do you then have a green light to ask about it?

Generally, the answer is no. If an applicant tells you he has a child living at home, that doesn’t mean you should start asking about childcare. You don’t want to discuss issues that a court could use as evidence you discriminate in your hiring.

Source: You and the Law, National Institute of Business Management, 1750 Old Meadow Rd, Suite 302, McLean, VA 22102, November 1998. 800/543-2055. Cost: $187/year.