STARTUP HR: 20 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

STARTUP HR: 20 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

20 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS TO AVOID, AND WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK INSTEAD

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Startup HR: 20 Interview QuestionsStartup HR: 20 Interview Questions – Asking the wrong interview questions to applicants can get your company into hot water with multiple regulating agencies. Also, you do not want to be the company that asked uncomfortable and inappropriate questions while interviewing.  This can be a huge turn off for that awesome candidate that you have been trying to bring into your startup. These tips will help you to avoid asking discriminatory questions, while learning what to ask instead.

 

1AVOID: How many children do you have?

ASK INSTEAD: What hours and days can you work?

WHY?: Could be viewed as discriminatory toward females


2AVOID: What religion are you?

ASK INSTEAD: Are there specific times that you cannot work?

WHY?: Could be viewed as religious discrimination


3AVOID: What are your child care arrangements?

ASK INSTEAD: Do you have responsibilities other than work that will interfere with specific job requirements such as traveling?

WHY? Could be viewed as discriminatory toward females


4AVOID: Do you own a car?

ASK INSTEAD: Do you have a reliable method of getting to work?

WHY?: Could be considered racial discrimination


5AVOID: What is your national origin? Where are your parents from?

ASK INSTEAD: Are you legally eligible for employment in the United States of America?

WHY?: Could be considered national origin discrimination


6AVOID: What is your maiden name?

ASK INSTEAD: Have you ever worked under a different name?

WHY?: Could be considered national origin discrimination


7AVOID: Have you ever been arrested?

ASK INSTEAD: Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

WHY?: Could be considered racial discrimination


8AVOID: Do you have any disabilities?

ASK INSTEAD: Can you perform the duties of the job you are applying for with our startup?

WHY?: Could be considered discrimination against disabled persons


9AVOID: Have you ever filed a workers’ compensation claim? Have you ever been injured on the job?

ASK INSTEAD: No possible Question can replace this. Stay away from this one.

WHY?: Could be considered discrimination against disabled persons


10AVOID: Do you own your own home? How long have your resided there?

DON’T ASK: No possible Question can replace this. Stay away from this one.

WHY?: Irrelevant and could be considered racial discrimination


11AVOID: What was your previous address? How long did you reside there?

DON’T ASK: No possible Question can replace this. Stay away from this one.

WHY?: Irrelevant and could be considered racial discrimination


12AVOID: Have your wages ever been garnished?

NOTE:Credit reference may be used if in compliance w/ FCRA & CCRRA

WHY?: Irrelevant and could be considered racial discrimination


13AVOID: Have you ever declared bankruptcy?

ASK INSTEAD: No possible Question can replace this. Stay away from this one.

WHY?: Irrelevant and could be considered racial discrimination


14AVOID: What type of discharge did you receive?

ASK INSTEAD: What type of education, training and work experience relevant to job did you receive while in the military?

WHY?: Irrelevant and could be considered racial discrimination


15AVOID: What is your native language? How did you learn to speak that language?

ASK INSTEAD: What languages do you speak and write fluently? (if the job requires additional languages)

WHY?: Could be considered national origin discrimination


16AVOID: List all clubs, societies and lodges to which you belong.

ASK INSTEAD: Inquiry into an applicant’s membership in organizations that the applicant considers relevant to his or her ability to perform job

WHY?: Could be considered racial or national origin discrimination


17AVOID: Complexion or color of skin

ASK INSTEAD: No possible Question can replace this. Stay away from this one.

WHY?: Could be considered racial or national origin discrimination


18AVOID: What is your religious denomination, religious affiliations, church, parish, pastor? What religious holidays do you observe?

ASK INSTEAD: Only if there is a bona fide occupational qualification

WHY?: Could be considered religious discrimination


19AVOID: Do you wish to be addressed as Mr.?, Mrs.?, Miss? or Ms.?

ASK INSTEAD: Only if there is a bona fide occupational qualification

WHY?: Could be considered gender discrimination


20AVOID: What year did you graduate from high school or college?

ASK INSTEAD: Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent? Do you have a university or college degree? (if relevant to job performance)

WHY?: Could be considered age discrimination

Startup HR: 20 Interview Questions

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