'There is nothing that's small talk'—Knowing your rights in a job interview

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Applying for a job can be stressful. You're usually worried you'll do or say something wrong.

But, did you know there are also questions a perspective employer can't ask you?

This week, Channel 2 begins a series of stories in which we put a spotlight on the rights of individuals.

Among the topics a possible employer can't ask about: questions about your race, age, sex, national origin, religion, marriage status, if you have children, if you're pregnant, or if you have a disability, are all no-goes.

Lynne Curry, the Regional Director of Training and Business Consulting for Avitus Group, says the reality is that people are asked about these forbidden topics all the time.

"I think they run into them all the time because the mail I get, the emailing, the calls I get, is that people are being asked a lot of questions," Curry said.

She also cautions people from having too much small-talk before or after an interview.

"If you're being interviewed there is nothing that's small talk," Curry said. "If you're being interviewed, you're being assessed from the moment you sit down in front of the receptionist, to the moment you get in an elevator and leave."



 
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