aware that there are some things an interviewer may NOT ask. Should
you hear any of these, you are within your rights to object:
How old are you?
Are you a U.S. citizen?
Are you married?
How much do you weigh?
Do you have any disabilities?
Have you ever been arrested?
What clubs or social organizations do you belong to?
entire list of illegal questions is much longer, but there's a
single idea behind them: discrimination. Age, sex, national origin,
physical appearance, sexual orientation, religious belief and
race have all formed the bases of job discrimination in the past.
An astute interviewer will avoid any such questions, but some
may not be aware of the implications carried by them.
the interview process will involve taking a meal with your interviewer
in the company cafeteria or a local restaurant. Should you be
thinking that the interview is suspended while you're working
on your Waldorf salad, think again. You are being watched; your
social skills are being put to the test. Unless you have dietary
restrictions, it's a good idea to follow your host's recommendation
for selecting a menu item. And never order beer, wine or liquor!
Stick to ice tea, water, juice or a soft drink.
Sit up straight,
observe good table manners, and continue to listen carefully to
everything the interviewer has to say. And bon apetit!
A good interview
will usually involve some time in which you are invited to pose
your own questions. Don't respond by saying you don't have any.
In truth, you should have loads of questions, but if you're stuck,
here are a few that might work:
How committed would you say senior management is to work of this department?
What sort of growth is projected over the next five years?
How would you summarize your own experience at this company?
What are the most important overall employee issues here?
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