As if job interviews weren’t scary enough, it seems companies are still asking candidates highly inappropriate – and sometimes discriminatory – questions.

Employment law solicitors Thomas Mansfield asked student job seekers to share their experiences of interviews and some of the results are shocking. Some were over-familiar, others bordered on intrusive, while these questions below are just plain illegal and could land companies in trouble.

There were sexist ones.

Employment law solicitors, Thomas Mansfield, gave student jobseekers the chance to share their experiences of interviews.
(Thomas Mansfield)

Employment law solicitors, Thomas Mansfield, gave student jobseekers the chance to share their experiences of interviews.
(Thomas Mansfield)

Employment law solicitors, Thomas Mansfield, gave student jobseekers the chance to share their experiences of interviews.
(Thomas Mansfield)

Employment law solicitors, Thomas Mansfield, gave student jobseekers the chance to share their experiences of interviews.
(Thomas Mansfield)

Racist questions…

Employment law solicitors, Thomas Mansfield, gave student jobseekers the chance to share their experiences of interviews.
(Thomas Mansfield)

And down right weird ones.

(Thomas Mansfield)
(Thomas Mansfield)

Employment law solicitors, Thomas Mansfield, gave student jobseekers the chance to share their experiences of interviews.
(Thomas Mansfield)

Oh and prospective employers can’t ask this either.

Employment law solicitors, Thomas Mansfield, gave student jobseekers the chance to share their experiences of interviews.
(Thomas Mansfield)

Or this.

Employment law solicitors, Thomas Mansfield, gave student jobseekers the chance to share their experiences of interviews.
(Thomas Mansfield)

HR professional, Renae Jackson, said: “Discrimination can occur during the candidate screening stages, the interview process and really anywhere throughout the remainder of the employee life cycle. So the laws are there for the right reasons. Even the most well-intentioned employer can unwittingly leave themselves open to litigation though.”

UK employment law makes it very clear what can and cannot be said within the interview room, and the repercussions can be severe if a company is found guilty of going too far.

A woman at a job interview
Make sure you know what your rights are when it comes to job interview questions (monkeybusinessimages/Thinkstock)

Meredith Hurst, senior partner at Thomas Mansfield, said: “Employers, without even realising, can ask seemingly innocent questions and be breaking the law. However with employment law information so readily available online, there really is no room for insensitive questions or illegal practices.”