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Is it bad to talk about religion or or significant others during employee interviews?

Perhaps tricky subjects and not sure if these topics should be completely left out of the meetings with potential new employees.

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Asad Shaikh
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Asad Shaikh Entrepreneur
AWS/NoSQL/Big Data Architect at Capital One
What these two topics have anything to do with employee's work performance?
Sam McAfee
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Not only is it a bad idea, it could be illegal. In the US, there are strict laws about what you can and can't talk about during a job interview. You definitely want to look up local employment discrimination laws before getting started.


Irwin Stein
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Completely irrelevant and possibly illegal. There are a number of things that you cannot legally ask a potential employee about. I don't have a list, but you should get one.
Alyssa Martina
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Founder and CEO, Memloom, a digital storytelling company; Brand & Nonprofit Storyteller; Tech & Media Entrepreneur
In one word: Yes.
Don't do it; you could be sued for discrimination.
Sidney Sclar
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SID the SECURITY PRO at sidthesecuritypro.com
I am a hiring and Training Manager among other tasks. It is 2016. Check out social media to see how your candidate sees themselves and what others say about them. Also. Be a good listener.

Peter Weiss
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President at American Outlook, Inc.
Not just state and local laws, Federal law as well.

In most cases age, religion, marital status, disability, gender and race should be viewed as out of bounds. The exceptions where they are permissible are narrow (for example, a church can inquire about the religious beliefs of someone under consideration for a pastoral position but, in generally speaking, not a janitorial job).

In some states and localities the impermissible categories include sexual preference, criminal records, personal finances (i.e., credit scores, bankruptcies, etc.).

Check on the relevant law in the jurisdictions where you are hiring.
Arthur Lipper
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Arthur Lipper Entrepreneur
Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.
Such questions are now against the law.
Joseph Wang
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Joseph Wang Entrepreneur
Chief Science Officer at Bitquant Research Laboratories
Never talk about religion or significant others during an interview. Just talking about these topics can put you at risk of a discrimination lawsuit.
Maxine Pierson
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INTERIM CEO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/ VP Investor
The answer is NEVER -NEVER- NEVER - if you even have to ASK. I would wonder about the common sense of the questioner --. and what is more WHY would one bring up these subjects..
Davida Shensky
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We help small to medium size companies put together a strategy for success and hold you accountable to follow through
Someone's faith should never be discussed in an interview--in fact it can be considered discrimination under the law and leaves a company open to a lawsuit--in fact there are religious fanatics who proselytize people about religion and I've shut them down many times
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