As many of you are going on those last minute interviews to land a summer internship, be sure that you understand your legal rights when answering those difficult questions that do not relate to the job.
An employment interview must be focused on the candidates ability to do the job and any questions regarding to age, race, religion, national origin, sex or sexual preference, or disability that does not relate to the candidates ability to do the job are against the law.
There are federal and state laws that protect applicants from having to answer illegal interview questions that are discriminatory in nature. Although it may be difficult in an interview situation to refuse to answer a question, you may just say that you don't know how that question relates to the job and you'd be happy to answer any questions that speaks to your knowledge and ability to be able to succeed in the position you are interviewing for. Of course this could jeopardize your candidacy; but the real question is, do you want to work for an employer who uses discrimination when hiring for a job?