The Legal Interview Question: What Are They And How Do You Answer Them?

I’d describe a legal interview question as one that might appear a bit unusual but is actually acceptable. Depending on the specific job you are interviewing for, the industry you work in, and depending on the employment laws that apply in your country or region, the wording of such questions and the ability of the interviewer to ask these sorts of questions might differ.

Questions that you can typically be asked during interviews are certainly legal of course ie. questions related to your previous experience, skills, accomplishments.

But what if you are asked a question that you might not be sure how to answer but is actually quite legal and is one that you need to properly answer if you wish to get the job?

Here are some examples of subjects that I would classify as legal interview question material:

Your ability to legally work in the country

Depending on where you live, there might be some legalities regarding how an interviewer can actually word this question but in the cases I’ve seen, it is certainly a fair and legal interview question. The company wants to know if you are legally able to work in the country and if not, are they going to have to help get your work papers and if so, how much will it cost and how long will it take? If they need to hire someone in the next few weeks and your work visa will require 3 months to process, they may not wait around for you. In my experience, this is an important and legal interview question faced by people who have just moved to a new country to work or are planning on moving to a new country to work.

Questions about your educational achievements and/or relevant certifications or training

Asking about your education and/or certifications isn’t unusual of course but your future employer might actually ask to see proof of your degree or certification. I have seen some employers who will request a photocopy of educational achievements especially if the education is a specific requirement of the job and/or if they’ve been burned by people lying about their level of education in the past. If your educational achievements are from a foreign country, you may also be asked for proof.

Moral of the story?

If you are “a few credits short of a degree” then you don’t have a degree! Don’t state that you have a degree if you haven’t completed one. I have seen so many job candidates state in their resume that they have a degree but word it in such a way that makes me quickly realize they don’t actually have one. When I ask for clarification, they admit they are “a few credits short of a degree.”

If your degree is pending or if you are in the process of completing it, state the expected date of graduation so there is no risk of confusion as to your level of education at the time of applying for the job. Don’t get caught in a lie because when it’s found out, it will most likely ruin your chances at the job.

Your ability and propensity to travel

Some positions require a significant amount of travel and this is a typical reason why people burnout and quit jobs requiring their employers to hire a replacement. In other words, if travel is an important and significant part of the job, expect to field questions regarding your willingness to travel.

Be honest. If they tell that you travel is 75% of the job and you really only want to travel 25% or less, what is the point in saying that this level of travel is acceptable? I’ve seen people accept jobs where the high amount of travel tires them out quickly and causes them to quit.

Your ability to work overtime, shift work and/or weekends

Your work hours are certainly something that you want to get confirmed with an employer before you are hired without necessarily making it look like you are a clock-watcher and are trying to figure out exactly how many hours you’ll be in the office each day! Having said that, I have dealt with companies that do specify work hours that can be considered a little bit out of the ordinary, especially companies that work with divisions in other countries and/or time zones and might require you to work outside of the “typical” 9am-5pm work hours.

Your criminal record (if any).

This is certainly a very important question if you work for (or would like to work for) a company where security clearance is part and parcel of the position. Again, depending on where you live, there might be legalities regarding how the question can be worded but in my experience, this is a perfectly legal interview question.

Local laws might dictate what constitutes a legal interview question and which questions are off limits.

Some of these questions might be necessary depending on your industry and level of position.

If you are interviewing for a job in a different country, you will need to gain the legal ability to work in that country first so this is obviously a concern for a potential employer if gaining this status might take you months or more.

If you were interviewing for a position that involved security clearance, any criminal record would obviously be an important consideration for the hiring company.

Before you attend an interview, try to have a clear idea of any possible legal interview question that you might be asked given the job you are applying for, and given the industry you work in.

Safety and Legal Guidelines for Flying a Drone for Enjoyment

Everybody seems to be in love with drones these days. These flying robots controlled by a remote controller are used for fun and entertainment all over the world. Designed like a quadcopter, with or without a camera, these machines look amazing and offer powerful functionality to the user. However, before you attempt to fly such an aircraft, you need to read the guidelines carefully otherwise you might end up hurting yourself or someone else. Furthermore, there are some legal implications of such type of an unmanned aerial vehicle because it might land over unknown territory and infringe on somebody’s private property.

Personal Use of Drones

The use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles can be divided into two categories: personal and commercial. Personal use means you want to fly such a machine just for fun and do not have any intention of selling the content you collect when you fly your drone here and there. Commercial use means using the data for the purpose of making money or selling it to a third party for profit. In the United States, commercial use of drones requires special clearance from the FAA. However, personal use is allowed under certain circumstances considering that the user follows some well-defined guidelines.

You just need to remember that personal use of drones is not accompanied by many strict rules and regulations. You can fly a drone for enjoyment and even take photos and record videos for personal use. However, there are a few safety guidelines that have to be followed in order to ensure a safe and totally enjoyable experience. Moreover, you need to be aware that there are some no-fly zones everywhere in the world and you must at all costs avoid those areas when flying drones.

Want to Pursue Drone Flying as a Hobby?

Here are some safety and legal guidelines for a beginner in order to enjoy this pastime to its fullest:

· Make sure you don’t take your machine to an altitude higher than 400 feet otherwise it might go out of sight and become difficult to control.

· Your drone should remain in front of your eyes all the time.

· Unmanned aerial vehicles are not allowed to interfere in the activities of manned aircraft so make sure you keep your device away from that kind of aerial vehicles.

· If you think you cannot follow your drone everywhere, arrange for an assistant who will keep an eye on the drone all the time so that it doesn’t disappear.

· Try to find an open space for pursuing this pastime where there are not many individuals especially small children.

· Even if you do see people around, try to keep your distance and maintain it at 25 feet away to avoid collision and damage.

· Avoid flying a drone when you are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

· Drones are not easy to fly especially for a novice user who has no prior experience of flying such a machine. So, make sure you gain ample knowledge on its operation and how to fly it safely before you attempt to fly a drone.

· Avoid flying over private property in order to stay away from legal issues of intruding, eavesdropping and the like.

· If you are using a camera-fitted drone, make sure you don’t photograph individuals without their explicit permission. Also, avoid going to public areas where people expect a certain level of privacy and they don’t want to see an unmanned aerial vehicle flying over their heads.

It’s a good idea to read privacy policy laid out by organizations related to aeronautics and aeronautical engineering. This is to ensure that you don’t infringe upon somebody’s right to privacy even if it’s a public property or place. There are locations where drones are allowed but taking photographs is not. You will also find some places where flying a drone and taking photos both are permissible and then there are places where drones are not allowed to enter. These are known as no-fly zones within the United States. So, in order to learn everything related to this matter, it is required to go through privacy policy.

Commercial Use of Drones

Organizations like Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) have developed some safety guidelines in order to ensure nobody gets hurt when drones are used on a commercial or personal level. It is highly recommended that you read and strictly follow these guidelines especially if you want to use a drone for some commercial use. This is to make sure that you don’t encounter any problem with regard to personal injury or damage or intrude on somebody else’s property. You should also be aware if a certain type of commercial use requires clearance from the FAA.

There are companies in the US and the UK that are currently using drones for commercial purposes. If they have taken security clearance from the FAA, they are not doing anything illegal. Some examples of individuals or businesses that have been given exemptions to fly drones include farmers, medical facilities, security agencies, and railroads. The companies also have to mention the type of aircraft they will be using and the location where those aircraft will be used. Most of these companies only require clearance for photography, videography and cinematography. Some other commercial uses include aerial mapping, inspections, data acquisition and collection, search and rescue, sales demonstrations, crop surveying, and traffic accident reconstructions.

Certainly you do not require any of the above-mentioned uses of drones when you fly such a machine for entertainment. So, there is no need to be afraid of legal repercussions when you are attempting to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle with the help of a remote controller without any intention of hurting someone. Whether you want to fly drones for the sake of fun or some commercial use, just make sure you gain enough knowledge about these small yet powerful machines in order avoid getting into trouble. Just keep in mind the above-mentioned guidelines when you attempt to fly a drone just for the sake of fun next time and you are all set to go!

Job Requires a Security Clearance? Look at Repairing Your Credit

If your job requires that you qualify for or maintain a security clearance than you should look at repairing your credit. Having a valid security clearance can add $10,000.00 or more to your base salary and is a hard requirement for anyone who comes in contact with classified information. Military or military related professions, defense contractors or governmental employees often are required to acquire or maintain some type of security clearance.

To qualify for a clearance candidates undergo an expensive background check which examines many factors including a candidate’s credit rating. Typical clearances sought are: Confidential, Secret and Top Secret with the investigation for Top Secret being the most rigorous.  If a  sub-par credit history is uncovered during this investigation it could  be a damaging factor in obtaining or maintaining employment that requires a security clearance.  Many careers have been derailed by sub-par credit because it reflects on the candidate’s character or judgment in the eyes of the clearance grantor.

Individuals who depend on qualifying or maintain a security clearance should look at repairing their credit if credit is or have been an issue in their life. Fortunately there are proven and legal strategies to rehabilitate your credit. This involves a comprehensive and strategic approach that pulls  your credit history from the three major credit reporting bureaus and requires those entities reporting negative items to verify the negative entry or remove these  items from the report. Individuals can undertake this process on their own or they can hire a reputable firm to undertake this process on their behalf.