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Common interview questions

Excerpted from The Everything HR Kit: A Complete Guide to Attracting, Retaining, and Motivating High-Performance Employees by John Putzier and David Baker.  

As you learn how to interview job candidates, make sure you’re aware of the interview questions to ask while conducting the interview that will help you maintain a legal hiring process.

Bookmark this list of interview questions that includes legal interview questions you can ask, illegal interview questions you should avoid, as well as things that you can or can’t do during the interview process.

The result: you’ll improve your interview strategy for successful hiring as you find the right candidate.

Age

Interview Question You Can Ask: Ask age after hiring the applicant. Are you over 18?

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: How old are you? Employer cannot estimate age.

Children

Interview Question You Can Ask: After hiring, ask the number and ages of children for insurance purposes.

Interview Questions You Cannot Ask: Do you have children at home? How old are they? Who cares for them? Do you plan on having more?

Citizenship

Interview Question You Can Ask: Whether or not applicant is a U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in the United
States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Make personal inquiries into applicant’s heritage.

Criminal record

Interview Question You Can Ask: If security clearance is necessary, can this be achieved?

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Have you ever been arrested, convicted, or spent time in jail prior to employment?

Disability

Interview Question You Can Ask: Are you able to carry out the necessary job assignments and perform them well and
safely?

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: What are the nature and/or severity of any disabilities that you have?

Driver’s License

Interview Question You Can Ask: Can ask applicant about driving status and request a Department of Motor Vehicles
printout only if the position requires driving.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Have you ever had a speeding ticket? (Unless the job requires a clean driving record, like an over the road (OTR) driver or other Department of Transportation–licensed professional driver.)

Education

Interview Question You Can Ask: Inquire about education and/or certificates for positions requiring them.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Readily inquire about a high school diploma for entry-level or remedial positions.

Financial status

Interview Question You Can Ask: Employer can request necessary financial information for benefits, stock options, and 401(k) after applicant is hired and at applicant’s discretion.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Employer may not inquire about financial status, wage attachments, outstanding loans or obligations, or bankruptcy status.

Housing

Interview Question You Can Ask: If you have no phone, how can we reach you?

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: If you have no phone, how can we contact you?

Marital status

Interview Question You Can Ask: After hiring, ask status for insurance purposes.

Interview Questions You Cannot Ask: Are you married, single, engaged, or divorced? Are you currently living with anyone? Do you see your ex-spouse?

Military status

Interview Question You Can Ask: Are you a veteran? Why not? Do you have any job-related experience in the military?

Interview Questions You Cannot Ask: What is your discharge status? What branch did you serve in?

Physical data

Interview Question You Can Ask: Explain manual labor, lifting, and other job requirements. Employer may also demonstrate these duties and require applicant to undergo a physical examination.

Interview Questions You Cannot Ask: How tall are you? How heavy are you?

Race

Interview Question You Can Ask: Employer may notice general distinguishing characteristics to be used for identification purposes.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Question applicant on eye color or hair color, or ask any other direct or indirect questions indicating race or status.

References

Interview Question You Can Ask: Who referred you for a position here? Ask for past employment references.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Require the submission of a religious reference.

Relatives

Interview Question You Can Ask: Once employed, employer may ask for a person to contact in case of an emergency.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Employer cannot inquire about nearest relative or next of kin.

Sex

Interview Question You Can Ask: Interviewer may notice general appearance.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Make comments or notes unless sex is a bona fide occupational qualification.

Social security

Interview Question You Can Ask
Once an applicant is hired, her employer may request the applicant’s social security number for benefits purposes.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Interviewer cannot ask an elderly applicant whether she is receiving social security benefits.

Union affiliation

Interview Question You Can Ask: Employer can notify applicants of the corporation’s union status.

Interview Question You Cannot Ask: Interviewer cannot ask whether the applicant has ever been affiliated with a union.

Excerpted from The Everything HR Kit: A Complete Guide to Attracting, Retaining, and Motivating High-Performance Employees by John Putzier and David Baker. Copyright © 2010 John Putzier and David Baker. Published by AMACOM Books, a division of American Management Association, New York, NY. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

 

 
 
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