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March 2013 Cover Story

We'll See You On Monday

Thoroughly vetting candidates can help in finding ideal employees who are worth the investment in time and resources.

March 18, 2013
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Questions Not To Ask

According to the Wall Street Journal, there are a handful of questions you should never ask during an interview.

These questions can elicit dishonest answers and can pry too deeply into a candidate’s personal life, and you certainly do not want to violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act or the Civil Rights Act.

Interview questions to avoid include:

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What kind of people do you have difficulty working with?
  • What else can you tell me about your current position?
  • Do you have a spouse or any children?
  • What are your spiritual beliefs?
  • What did you not like about your old boss?

You should always try and avoid any inquiries that can be viewed as discriminatory.

Not only can such questions make people uncomfortable, but they can also get you in trouble.

Not hiring a candidate based on any of the following criteria is illegal and can be grounds for a lawsuit:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Marital status.

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