Departmental Interviewing Guide: Questions to Avoid During the Interview
· Questions that you would not ask of all applicants.
· Questions of applicants because you think your clients or customers may have certain prejudices.
· Questions that make improper assumptions.
· Questions about age, race, color, place of birth, national and family origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or ancestry.
· Questions about the date a candidate graduated from high school. You may ask number of years attended and degree(s) obtained.
· Questions about the candidate's state of health or handicap/disability (physical or mental).
· Questions about the workers' compensation history of a candidate.
· Questions on the basis of sexual preference.
· Questions that pertain to a candidate's appearance (height and weight).
· Questions about financial status or a candidate's credit rating.
· Questions about proficiency in English or questions about a candidate's native tongue or how foreign language ability has been acquired. You may ask about foreign language skills if the position requires such ability.
· Questions about whether a candidate has filed or threatened to file discrimination charges.
· Questions that would reveal arrests without convictions. You may ask about convictions (but not arrests) for crimes that relate to the candidate's qualifications for a position.