An interview is often one of the most important steps in the hiring process. A resume is a great starting point in the hiring process but when it comes to fully understanding a candidate’s skills and experience, the interview is unmatched. Face-to-face, or even over the phone, the candidate has the chance to explain and add context to past experiences. The hiring manager has the chance to ask questions and get a deeper understanding of what hard and soft skills a candidate could bring to the role. The best interviews allow each side to learn as much as they can about the other to determine if they are a mutually good fit.
While you are asking questions and learning about a candidate, though, there are certain topics you should take care to avoid. The focus of the interview should be solely on the candidate’s behaviors, skills, and experience that are relevant to the job for which they are applying. Asking questions that pertain to topics outside of that focus could open your company up to EEOC violations and discrimination lawsuits.
Even when asked with the best intentions, the following
topics should never be discussed during an interview with a candidate:
- Race, ethnicity, or color
- Gender or sex
- Country of national origin or birthplace
- Marital or family status or pregnancy
Consider the following when preparing for your next interview.
Knowing which questions you can and cannot ask in an interview is key for any hiring manager. Keeping this knowledge in mind and preparing in advance can help keep your interviews productive and legal with all candidates. For more helpful interview tips or specific questions, contact us!