Answering difficult and/or illegal questions
The situation may occur in which the interviewer asks you a question that does not seem job related. For example, "Do you plan to marry in the near future?" The interviewer may not intentionally be delving into your personal life, but may have some concerns about your commitment to the organization or program.
If asked illegal questions you have the option of answering the question, realizing you are giving information that is not job related; refusing to answer the question, and risk being viewed as an uncooperative candidate; or considering the intent behind the question and answering in a manner related to the job you are applying for.
For example, you may respond by stating "If you are concerned about my ability to travel, please know that I am aware that this position requires extensive travel, and I am looking forward to that aspect of the job."
Should this type of question arise, seek clarification and answer in a way you feel most comfortable. The Career Development staff can also assist you in identifying and responding to illegal questions.
The salary question if applying for a job
At some point during the interview, you may be asked about your salary requirements. This is not an illegal question, but can raise anxiety. While you may be prepared to provide a range, it is desirable to wait and discuss a specific salary when you have received a job offer. At that point, you will be in the strongest position to negotiate.
When salary discussions occur, rely on your previous research regarding typical salaries for your field and geographic cost of living information.
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