Administrative Guideline - 2120c Pre-Employment Interview Questions

Asking an applicant questions prohibited by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act during pre-employment interviews could open the door for a job candidate to take legal action against the Corporation. The following guideline outlines the questions that are appropriate and those that should be avoided.



  1. any question that would indicate race or color;
  2.  any question that would indicate sex, unless job-related;
  3.  applicant's religion or religious customs and holidays; recommendations from church officials;
  4.  if applicant, spouse, or parents are native-born or naturalized; date of citizenship; or for other proof of citizenship before hiring. (Proof of citizenship required on I-9 form);
  5.  marital status before hiring, the number and age of children, who cares for them, and if applicant plans to have more;
  6.  to see military service records, about military service with any country other than U.S.;
  7.  nationality, racial, or religious affiliation of school attended;
  8.  how foreign language ability was acquired;
  9.  inquiries about arrests, (as contrasted with convictions), except pending charges (see below at F.);
  10.  listing of all clubs to which the applicant belongs or has belonged;
  11.  that a candidate provide a photograph before hiring or that one be taken during an interview;
  12.  height and weight or physical/mental characteristics which do not relate directly to the job specifications (Administrative Guideline 3211);
  13.  whether applicant lives with a disabled individual (whether related or not);
  14.  whether applicant plans to marry or plans to have a family;
  15.  whether applicant has any military obligations. 



  1. for applicant's current and previous address; phone number;
  2. whether applicant is eighteen (18) years of age or older;
  3. whether the applicant is lawfully authorized to work in the United States;
  4. if applicant has served in the U.S. armed forces including branch of service and rank attained; job-related experience acquired in the military;
  5. academic, professional, or vocational school attended; language skills such as reading and writing, foreign languages, grades, degrees, majors, etc.;
  6. criminal convictions; any pending felony charges; any misdemeanor charge related to sexual conduct or assault or abuse of a child;
  7. personal and professional and other work references not relating to race, color, religion, sex, race, national origin, or ancestry;
  8. professional and social organization membership, so long as affiliation does not identify and is not used to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, or ancestry;
  9. willingness to perform job functions;
  10. willingness to work required work schedule and under prescribed working condition.



  1. marital status and number/age of dependents for insurance and tax purposes;
  2.  proof of age;
  3.  status of citizenship (I-9 Form);
  4.  race, if done pursuant to required or approved affirmative action plan and maintained separately from applicant file;
  5.  a copy of military discharge certificate.