Questions You Can & Cannot Ask Applicants!

by Steve Bruce
 
Questions you may ask during an interview include the following:
  • Please tell me of a major accomplishment or project that you are most proud?
  • What has been your biggest frustration or disappointment in your previous (or current) job?
  • What skills and experience from past jobs do you think will help you succeed in this position?
  • What would you consider your three greatest strengths? Three greatest weaknesses?
  • Describe specific job duties and tasks that you completed in your past (or current) job?
  • How do you spend a typical workday in your current (or previous) position?
  • What are your expectations from this job?
  • Please describe your career goals for the next one to two years? Three to five years? How about the next five to ten years?
  • How will being employed here help you achieve your goals?
  • Tell me why we should hire you? How will you be an asset to our organization and team?
 
You're NOT ALLOWED to ask questions about an applicants:
  • Age
  • Birthday
  • Marital Status
  • Familial Status
  • Pregnancy or plans for pregnancy
  • Childcare arrangements
  • Disability or impairment
  • Health history (past or present)
  • Illness (past or present)
  • Birthplace or ancestry
  • Native Language
  • Religion
  • Racial Group
  • Religious holiday or practices
 
Never use these prohibited questions in any written or verbal form.  You're to focus only on the candidates experience and skill sets in regards to the position they're applying for. Nothing else is  in the Laws eyes. If you ask an applicant about anything listed above then you are violating the law putting yourself and your company in jeopardy.
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