What Questions Can’t I Ask At A Pet Sitting Interview?

Did you know there are certain questions that you can’t ask during a pet sitting interview?

If you do, and a person wants to report you, they can report you and your business to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC)?

Questions about Race, Color, Sex, Religion, National origin, birthplace, and age are all off limits. This might seem easy and straight forward enough, but if you have ever asked the following questions, you might have opened yourself up to a lawsuit:


pet sitting interviewDescribe to me who you live with (to see if they were a Mom or will be trying to bring their children on jobs)
Where are you from?
Asking where or how they learned their foreign language.
If they have a spouse, if their spouse is employed, how much their spouse earns (I could see pet sitting interviews going down this road to see if the applicant needs supplemental income and has another source of a provider at home)
Can not ask if they have children or about child care arrangements.
Can not tell them they have to work certain holidays or ask them about their customs around holidays.

The Fine Line

It is a very fine line you can walk because you are not allowed to ask these questions at a pet sitting interview, yet if they are worded another way, you can. Tricky, huh? I am offering you this blog pot as a guide and a way to start the conversation with yourself, office manager, hiring manager, etc. These are fundamental things that you need to be aware of if you are interviewing in your pet sitting company for staff.

Great Resources I Recommend You Check Out:

You may have been in violation. However, for some of these, there are ways around these questions if you ask them in a proper manner. The University of Albany has put together a really great document that breaks down the differences between Legal and Illegal Interview Questions.

Here is a great story that CBS did in 2011 that could cost your company 1 Million Dollars!

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2 replies
  1. Wendy Lederer
    Wendy Lederer says:

    I just want to know why every time I have applied at a dog walking company I always get rejected.I think everything is going well.I’m doing everything I need to do.I;m showing enthusiasm for the possible job and then something happens that b bewilders me.They get this nasty attitude and just hang up in my face.I;m just staring at the phone going wtf just happened?This has happened to me on two separate occasions.Is there something that I’m missing? Is the pet care industry so that stressful that it makes people complete assholes.I am done trying to get jobs in pet care company’s. I will continue dog walking on my own but I just thought maybe you could give me some insight into what the deal is.I have never had this experience in any other job application process.

    • Bella Vasta
      Bella Vasta says:

      HI Wendy, Without knowing you, it is hard to say. I will say if you have been emailing them like you just wrote the comment above, it doesn’t come off too professional. Most companies are looking for employees now a days. Unless they are looking for ICs they want someone to be dedicated to them, not have a client base of their own, be willing to work with a specific schedule, and have punctual and professional communication. I am really not sure why, because I don’t know you. If someone hung up on you, that is just plain rude. I am sorry you have had that experience. Feel free to email me at bella@jumpconsulting.net and we can talk some more. -Bella


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