On my first day as a recruiter, my boss handed a list of things that I was not allowed to say to a candidate.
"Seriously, asking these questions can get us in legal trouble," my boss said. "And while I don't think you'd actually say any of them, I'd have to fire you if you did."
Some of the lines on the list were so obviously off-limits, I would've fired myself if I said any of them. But others surprised me — even if they were a bit strange.
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I bet you're now thinking of a few times when someone asked you an uncomfortable question during an interview. It probably threw you off because it felt leading, like it was asking something else altogether.
To prevent you from being thrown like that again, here are a few of the "off-limits" lines you might hear — and how to respond professionally.