Interviewing Employees: The Do’s and Dont's
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Do not ask candidates about their characteristics that the law prohibits you from asking. For example, do not ask about:
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Age (unless age is a requirement for the job)
  • Disability
    • This is one of the most difficult laws for many employers to understand and comply with.
    • Remember this: You can ask people about their abilities; but not their disabilities!

Below are some disability-related questions that an employer should generally not ask:

  • Are you disabled?
  • List conditions or diseases for which you have been treated?
  • Have you ever been hospitalized, and if so, what for?
  • Do you have a medical condition?
  • Do you have any major illnesses that we should be aware of?
  • Did you miss any work with your previous employers because of a medical condition?
  • Do you any physical defects or ailments that we need to know?
  • Do you take prescribed drugs?
  • Did you ever file a workers compensation claim for a prior medical condition?
Next, we’ll go over what to do if a candidate raises a question that you wouldn’t have asked.