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It is important for women to know what questions are illegal/inappropriate for an employer to ask and how to negotiate prices since women earn 78-80% compared to men.

Georgetown University has provided a resource that tell women what questions are illegal for an interviewer/employer to ask.

Negotiate pay

  • Do research on how much people are typically earning for the job (Glassdoor is a great resource for this).
  • Salary Calculator
  • Negotiate between 5-7K of what is being offered.
  • Georgetown University has great resources.

International Students

International students face a unique process. If they are here on a student visa, they cannot work a job outside of the university they are attending. However, after they graduate they can apply for other visas.

International students may also have to understand the culture of America better. Read about the Importance of Small Talk and What Things About American Culture Should Foreigners Know. These sources were provided by Georgetown University.

Common Questions

Q: Should I list my immigration status?

  • You do not need to. Education/work history will indicate that you are an international student.

Q: Can employers limit their interviewing to United States Citizens?

What questions are illegal for my employer to ask?

  • “What is your visa type?”
  • “Which country are you a citizen of?”
  • “What is your native language?”
  • “What language do you most often speak?”

If asked “which country are you a citizen of?” or another inappropriate question you could respond, however it may jeopardize your chances of getting hired. You could respond with “I am eligible to work in the United States.”

An employer MAY ask:

  • “Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?”
  • “Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for an employment visa?”
  • “Which languages do you read, speak, and write?”

Contact the Asbury University Office of Intercultural Life if you have questions.

U.S. Ethnic Populations

The terms “Student of Color” or “Person of Color” have been getting a lot of push back recently. Black people feel that white people are using the term “people of color” as an out for not saying “black” or identifying them correctly.

Resources for Cultures and Ethnicities