/ Asked by Tanya
How should I answer questions about my personal life? For example, where I grew up, if I’m married, etc.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, March 19, 2018
Great question!

And here's the thing...why is your interviewer asking?  I have found one of the best ways to answer questions I don't feel compelled to answer is with a smile and this question back...."Why do you want to know?"  I have also had success navigating questions by changing the subject when it isn't job related.  I know that it can be uncomfortable.

Though some questions are not illegal to ask, others are!  Know your rights by checking out the employment laws in your state.  That can clarify the legality of certain questions. 

If someone is making conversation and they ask about your life, answer whatever you feel comfortable with.  Is it pertinent to the job?  If not, you are welcome to gracefully not answer.  Your confidence in yourself is going to shine through. 

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Thursday, August 9, 2018
Great question! I would agree with Stephanie....why is the interviewer asking? If you are asked this question in an interview, I would always try to steer the conversation back to the job and keep it professional and relevant to why you're there. If asked about your personal life or "tell me about yourself", stick to talking about your professional career. If you want to share something personal, keep it to your hobbies. Sharing that you're married or if you have kids should not be relevant to a job. If you are asked a question about your personal life, feel free to tell the interviewer that you aren't comfortable speaking about your personal life but would love to discuss your professional experience or schooling.
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