Interviews: What You Can and Cannot Ask

Applicants with disabilities, like all other applicants, must be able to meet the employer requirements for the job (such as education, training, experience, skills, licenses, etc.) and perform the essential functions of the job. The following are questions that you can and can’t ask during an interview.

You Can Ask:

  • Can you perform the job functions of this position?
  • How would you perform the job functions?
  • What education, skills, and training do you have that will help you succeed in this position?
  • Do you require any accommodations to perform the job functions?
  • The job requires X. Can you tell me how you would meet this job requirement?

You Cannot Ask:

  • Do you have any disabilities or impairments that might affect your ability to do the job?
  • Will you need to take leave for medical or disability related reasons?
  • Do you suffer from any health-related condition that might prevent you from performing?
  • Have you ever filed a worker’s compensation claim?
  • Have you ever been hospitalized? For what?
  • Why do you use a wheelchair?
  • Have you ever been treated by a psychologist or psychiatrist? If so, for what?


This resource is adapted from and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Employee Disability Resources Office.

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