With the holiday season in full swing, many retailers are hiring new and seasonal employees. And even if you don’t work in retail, you might be hiring now to get prepared for next year. But in the rush to get the right candidate, you might find yourself asking the wrong questions.
A CareerBuilder survey discovered that about 20 percent of hiring managers reported that they had asked a question in an interview only to find out later asking the question might have violated the law.
So in an effort to help make sure you’re not asking the wrong questions, we’ve put together a list of 19 interview questions you should definitely NOT ask potential employees.
A special thanks goes out to Betsy Milton, the human resources business manager at Workplace Answers, for all her help!
The questions listed below are the worst to ask because they are directly related to the protected classes: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information.
So if you do ask one of these questions and then reject the candidate, they can say you based your hiring decision on their answer. And now you might be facing a lawsuit for violating Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws.
There are also interview questions that fall into a gray area like:
At first glance, most of these questions might seem harmless. Or even fun questions you would ask to get to know a potential employee.
But, these are the types of interview questions that might unintentionally lead a candidate to reveal something that categorizes themselves into a protected class. So be careful and stay away from these questions.
Then of course, there are some outlandish questions that are perfectly legal to ask, but you or anyone else should definitely steer clear of them – unless your goal is to drive away potential employees.
If you want to know what interview questions you should be asking, stay tuned for our next blog! And if you need help or want an easy solution for getting supervisors and managers trained, check out our lawful hiring training course.
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