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Interview Questions

What you may ask about. What you shouldn’t ask about.

Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on arbitrary considerations of such characteristics as age, color,

disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Avoid questions that would lead applicants to believe these characteristics are a factor in their employment.

May Ask

(questions are job related)

Shouldn’t Ask

(questions are not job related)


Applicant’s full name.

Have you ever worked at IU under a different

name, including nickname?

Is there any additional information I need to

check your work record?

What is your maiden name?

Applicant’s original name if changed by court

order or otherwise.


Are you 18 years or older?

Date of birth, date graduated from high

school/college, or date of degree earned. May

discuss date of degree if provided in


You cannot ask to see a birth certificate,

passport, or a driver license until after the hire.

Avoid questions that allude to or assume an

applicant’s age including: How do you feel

about working for someone younger than you?

Are you getting close to retirement age?




Can the applicant perform specific job

related requirements such as travel,

weekend/unusual hours, or extended work


Are you single? married? divorced?

Is your spouse a student or employee at IU?

Do you have any children? What are your

childcare arrangements?

It is the

applicant’s responsibility to decide if

they can manage working in addition to their

marital/family issues, not the hiring department.


A woman’s current or pending pregnancy status

cannot be used in her evaluation.

Are you pregnant?

Do you intend to become pregnant in the


Military Service

You may inquire about job related

experience acquired while in military service.

How do you think your experience in the

military would benefit you in this position?

What type of discharge did you receive?

An applicant’s current status with either


reserves or National Guard cannot factor in his

or her evaluation. Therefore you should not ask

if they are currently in the reserves or National