There are some interview questions that should never be asked by employers due to being discriminatory in nature. There are also some questions that shouldn’t be asked as it will spoil the friendly rapport that is building between you and may even stray into areas that could be considered illegal.
Here’s what you need to avoid:
Steer clear of personal background information
This may include where they were born, their ethnic background or even religious affiliation. You should even go so far as to not mention an unusual first or surname in case it turns out being grounds for discrimination.
Although it is fine to ask about ethnic background through the application form, this should never be mentioned during an interview.
You are encouraged to ask whether your candidate is eligible to work in the UK. Do not ask what the native language of the candidate is, but do ask them which languages they are fluent in. You can’t ask about religious practices but do ask whether they are able to work on the days that the role requires.
Children, marriage or sexual preferences
It is not considered appropriate to ask candidates about their children during an interview or whether they are considering having more children, are pregnant or what their childcare arrangements are.
It is also not legal to enquire about marital status as this could lead to discrimination depending upon the employer’s personal opinions on whether they feel it could make a difference to productivity.
It is also important to not mention anything about what the applicant’s sexual preference is.
Gender or Age
Mentioning either gender or age are also areas that should be avoided. Avoid anything that is related to whether the candidate is capable of fulfilling the role due to their gender or age. Don’t ask questions such as how long the person considers they will be in the workforce either as this is considered to be discriminatory.
The only acceptable question to ask is whether the applicant is of the minimum age required to perform the role.
It is better to avoid straying into grey areas during interviews and know ahead of the meeting what you can and can’t do so as you don’t fall into any areas could be deemed as discrimination on any grounds.
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