Student Success Centre

Your Rights as an Interviewee

We'd like to think that all interviews are well structured and that the interviewers are given appropriate questions in advance.  But the reality is that interviews do not always follow a formalized process, and sometimes, interviewers go "off script".  As the interviewee, it is really helpful to know your rights during the interview process.

See the chart below for illegal question content.

Inquiry AreaIllegal QuestionsLegal Questions
Nationality Origin/ Citizenship
  • Are you a Canadian Citizen?
  • Where were you/your parents born?
  • What is your "native tongue"?
  • Are you authorized to work in Canada?
  • What language do you read/speak/write fluently?
Age
  • How old are you?
  • When did you graduate?
  • What's your birth date?
  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 64?
Marital/Family Status
  • What's your marital status?
  • Whom do you live with?
  • Do you plan to have a family? when?
  • How many kids do you have? What are your child-care arrangements?
  • Would you be willing to relocate if necessary?
  • Would you be able and willing to travel as needed by the job?
  • Would you be able and willing to work overtime as necessary? 
Affiliations
  • What clubs or social organizations do you belong to?
  • List any professional or trade groups or other organizations that you belong to that you consider relevant to your ability to perform this job
Personal
  • How tall are you?
  • How much do you weigh?
  • Are you able to lift a 30kg weight and carry it 100 metres, as that is part of the job?
Disabilities
  • Do you have any disabilities?
  • Please complete the following medical history.
  • Have you had any recent or past illness or operations?
  • What was the date of your last physical exam?
  • How's your family's health?
  • When did you lose your eyesight? How?
  • Do you need an accommodation to perform the job?
  • Are you able to perform the essential functions of the job? (This question is okay if the interviewer has thoroughly described the job.) 
  • Can you demonstrate how you would perform the following job-related functions?
  • As part of the hiring process, after a job offer has been made, you will be required to undergo a Medical exam.
Arrest Record
  • Have you ever been arrested?
  • Have you ever been convicted of ______?
Sex
  • Are you male or female? 
  • what are the names and relationships of the persons living with you?
None
Race/Colour
  • What is your race? What colour is your hair, eyes, or skin?
None
Religion
  • What is your religious affiliation or denomination? 
  • What church do you belong to?
  • What is the name of your pastor, minister, or rabbi? 
  • What religious holidays do you observe?
None

For more information, visit the Ontario Human Rights Commission website.