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National Origin/Citizenship
  • Are you a US citizen?
  • Where were you/your parents born?
  • What is your "native tongue"?
  • Are you authorized to work in the US?
  • What language(s) do you read/speak/write fluently? (This question is okay only if this ability is relevant to the performance of the job.)
  • How old are you?
  • When did you graduate?
  • What's your birth date?
  • Are you over the age of 18?
Marital/Family Status
  • Are you married?
  • With whom do you live?
  • 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 for the job?  (This question is okay if it is asked of all applicants.)
  • Would you be able and willing to work overtime as necessary? (This question is also okay if it is asked of all applicants for the job.)
  • 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.
  • How tall are you?  How much to you weigh? (Questions about height and weight are not acceptable unless minimum standards are essential for the safe performance of the job.)
  • Are you able to lift a 50-pound weight and carry it 100 yards, as that is part of the job.
  • Do you have any disabilities?
  • Please complete the following medical history.
  • Have you had any recent or past illnesses or operations?  If yes, list them and give dates when these occurred.
  • 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 this job? (This questions can be asked only after a job offer has been made.)
  • Are you able to perform the essential functions of this 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.  (Exam results must be kept strictly confidential, except medical/safety personnel may be informed if emergency medical treatment is required, and supervisors may be informed about necessary job accommodations, based on exam results.
Arrest Record
  • Have you ever been arrested?


  • Have you ever been convicted of _____? (The crime named should be reasonably related to the performance of the job in question.)
  • If you've been in the military, were you honorably discharged?
  • In what branch of the Armed Forces did you serve?
  • What type of training or education did you receive in the military?

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Last Revised March 25, 2008
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