4/16/2013

Interviewers who ask job candidates what kind of tree they would be or for a salary history signal that they are unprepared for the interview, career coach Alison Green writes in this blog post. Such questions rarely elicit any useful information for the interviewer and can annoy a candidate, Green writes. The worst questions are the personal ones such as where a job seeker goes to church or if they have children, she notes. "[W]hile the questions themselves aren't illegal to ask, making a hiring decision based on the answers is."

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