(Original & Full Article: 10 Interview Tips Based on ADA Guidelines; Questions to Ask)

The job interview is perhaps the most critical part of the hiring process. When it comes to asking interview questions, remember this basic rule: You can ask applicants about their abilities but not their disabilities.

Here is a list of questions, adapted from ADA guidelines (PDF) that it NOT OK to ask.

Employers cannot ask the applicant, his previous employers or anyone else questions relating to the existence, nature or severity of a disability, says the ADA. They include:

  • Do you have conditions or limitations that might affect your ability to do the job?
  • Have you ever been treated for any mental health problems? Have you ever seen a psychiatrist?
  • Have you ever been hospitalized? If so, for what?
  • Do you have a heart condition, asthma, diabetes or another chronic disease? (You cannot ask questions about specific health conditions.)
  • How did you become disabled? Why do you use a wheelchair?
  • How many days were you absent due to sickness at your last job?
  • Will you need to take a leave of absence for any medical or disability-related reason?
  • Have you ever filed for worker’s compensation?
  • Is there a health reason why you may not be able to perform the duties of the job?
  • What prescription drugs are you currently taking?


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