Employers may feel strongly about issues that are not necessarily legal or even relevant to ask in an interview. You may be caught off guard if you don’t think in advance about how to handle this type of query. Arrive with an agenda (the skills and abilities that match what the employer is looking for) and communicate that agenda at every possible opportunity.
12. What religion are you? Again, HR might not ask such a question, but another interviewer might, especially if he or she is very religious. A Bible or other religious items displayed in the office might allow the employer a false sense of comfort with the inappropriate question.
16. Do you take any medication? This may be a poor attempt to gauge any medical concerns or need for health insurance. An employer cannot discriminate against you due to a disability or health condition if you can do the job.
Answer this question carefully. You will want to stress that you can do the job without sharing private information that you don’t want to provide. Try to deflect this question by saying something like, “My health is under control.”
17. Do you like my ___________? This can be a loaded question about anything off the wall. Interviewers are human and may interject their own agendas or needs into the interview. Even if it doesn’t make sense!
When in doubt clarify or ask the interviewer to restate the question. If it is irrelevant, this will give the interviewer a chance to regroup and save face. Either the question will be re-framed or a more relevant question asked.