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How Physician Assistant Job Seekers can Handle Illegal Interview Questions

How Physician Assistant Job Seekers can Handle Illegal Interview Questions
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Jennifer Anne Hohman

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Founder and principal
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Interviewing is a dance of carefully worded questions and answers, but physician assistant (PA) job seekers may sometimes encounter questions that fall outside the boundaries of what the law allows. Job seekers are guaranteed protection against discrimination based on a variety of laws, but it is important for PAs to be prepared to handle questions that may be discriminatory in nature. This includes questions about marital or family status, national origin or citizenship, age, and disabilities.

Interviewees have several options when asked an illegal interview question:

  1. Answer the question and move on.
  2. Ask for the relevance of the question.
  3. Address only the employer’s underlying concern
  4. Explain why you are uncomfortable answering a question.

There are pros and cons to consider with each of these options. A safe practice is to listen to the question for its intent and respond with an answer as it might apply to the job. As part of your interview preparation, rehearse answers if you are asked questions about any discriminatory topics. Consider it a red flag if you are asked one or more illegal questions.

 

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