Top HR Mistakes Series...Asking Illegal Interview Questions

Monday, September 24, 2018

They may seem innocent, and you may be asking from a place of genuine interest; a way to get to know a person quickly and ascertain whether or not they would be a good fit for your open role.  But certain questions are off limits during the interview process because as an interviewer, knowing the answers to these questions may bias your opinion on the candidate, in either a negative or positive way. (A positive bias to one candidate could mean a negative bias to another.) Asking the right questions ensures that hiring decisions are based on an applicant’s ability to perform the job, and not based on a protected class to which they may (or may not!) belong. 

The chart below shows some of the more common mistakes employers ask when interviewing candidates. A quick refresher on illegal questions before each interview is always a good idea! 

 

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