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Basic Interview Guidelines Under Federal Law

Topic QUESTIONS TO AVOID PERMISSIBLE QUESTIONS

Age

Age, birth date, date of graduation

None

Citizenship

Whether candidate is a U. S. citizen

Place of birth

Whether person is eligible to work in the U.S.

Disabilities

Any question about a candidate's health, medical condition or illness, or one that is for the purpose of eliciting information about a disability

Questions about how candidate would perform the job and whether candidate could perform teaching, research and other related job functions with or without accommodation

Marital and family status

Questions about marital status, child care, children or pregnancy

May inform candidate that information regarding university family policies and services is available and then refer candidate to appropriate campus resources (Office of Faculty Development & Diversity, WorkLife Office, Faculty Affairs Office)

Race

Any question about individual's race, national origin, ethnicity, or (unless relevant) languages spoken

None

Religion

Questions about religious affiliation

None

For more information, contact the Office of the General Counsel at (650) 723-9611.