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When you are interviewing a candidate for a job at your company, obviously you want to find out as much as possible about the candidate. However, doing so can be tricky because there are certain questions you don’t want to ask lest you create a negative impression with the candidate – or worse, put your company at risk of legal trouble. Some of the big questions you’ll want to make sure to avoid include:

  • Where are you from? You don’t want to ask this question because discriminating on the basis of origin could be a Title VII violation.
  • How many kids do you have? Discriminating against someone because they are pregnant or have children could be a violation of anti-discrimination laws and could also earn a very bad reputation for your company as an employer.
  • Do you need health insurance? Asking whether someone needs health insurance is a bad idea on multiple fronts. You can’t discriminate in terms and conditions of employment based on age or disability status, and you don’t want potential employees to think you’re unwilling to hire them if they happen to require coverage.
  • What did you hate about your last job? You don’t want to encourage a potential employee to bad-mouth other companies, particularly if you are all in the same industry. Employees should refrain from saying negative things about the companies they have worked at in the past and you don’t want to put a candidate in a bad position. Instead, keep the interview focused on more positive topics such as what the employee hopes to achieve in their new position.

Asking the wrong questions is just one of the many pitfalls you could fall into when trying to hire employees. One of the best ways to make sure this process goes smoothly is to get help from IES Custom Staffing. Our staffing service knows the ins and outs of the hiring process and will help you find the right candidates and build a talented team. Contact us today to find out more about the help we can offer.

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