Entrepreneurship · Employees

Is it bad to talk about religion or or significant others during employee interviews?

Shamim Hasan CEO at Xpart Solutions

September 25th, 2016

Perhaps tricky subjects and not sure if these topics should be completely left out of the meetings with potential new employees.

Asad Shaikh AWS/NoSQL/Big Data Architect at Capital One

September 25th, 2016

What these two topics have anything to do with employee's work performance?

Sam McAfee Building Popup Incubators for Corporate Innovation Programs

September 25th, 2016

Not only is it a bad idea, it could be illegal. In the US, there are strict laws about what you can and can't talk about during a job interview. You definitely want to look up local  employment discrimination laws before getting started.


Alyssa Martina Founder and CEO, Memloom, a digital storytelling company; Brand & Nonprofit Storyteller; Tech & Media Entrepreneur

September 25th, 2016

In one word: Yes. 
 Don’t do it; you could be sued for discrimination.

Arthur Lipper Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.

September 25th, 2016

Such questions are now against the law.

Irwin Stein Very experienced (40 years) corporate,securities and real estate attorney.

September 25th, 2016

Completely irrelevant and possibly illegal. There are a number of things that you cannot legally ask a potential employee about.  I don't have a list, but you should get one.

Sidney Sclar SID the SECURITY PRO at sidthesecuritypro.com

September 25th, 2016

I am a hiring and Training Manager among other tasks. It is 2016. Check out social media to see how your candidate sees themselves and what others say about them. Also. Be a good listener.

Peter Weiss President at American Outlook, Inc.

September 25th, 2016

Not just state and local laws, Federal law as well.

In most cases age, religion, marital status, disability, gender and race should be viewed as out of bounds.  The exceptions where they are permissible are narrow (for example, a church can inquire about the religious beliefs of someone under consideration for a pastoral position but, in generally speaking, not a janitorial job).  

In some states and localities the impermissible categories include sexual preference, criminal records, personal finances (i.e., credit scores, bankruptcies, etc.).  

Check on the relevant law in the jurisdictions where you are hiring. 

Joseph Wang Chief Science Officer at Bitquant Research Laboratories

September 25th, 2016

Never talk about religion or significant others during an interview.  Just talking about these topics can put you at risk of a discrimination lawsuit.

Davida Shensky We help small to medium size companies put together a strategy for success and hold you accountable to follow through

September 26th, 2016

Someone's faith should never be discussed in an interview--in fact it can be considered discrimination under the law and leaves a company open to a lawsuit--in fact there are religious fanatics who proselytize people about religion and  I've shut them down many times

Olia Primak Sr. Executive Assistant to Sr. Executive Leadership Team for Canada at ADP Canada

September 26th, 2016

Religion & significant others should not be discussed in interviews unless there is a lot of travelling involved. Especially in today's world with all the privacy issues and discrimination etc. Olia Primak