What questions can an employer ask at interview?

Conducting a job interview is arguably the most popular and most effective technique used to recruit staff. But in order to be able to find the right employees and persuade then to work with your company, then you, as the employer must be able to conduct a good interview.

Many employers ask us, how they can become a good interviewer? A good place to start would be know what are appropriate questions to ask at interview.

There are some questions that you definitely should not ask.  Employers should not ask about any of the following:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Marital/family status
  • Pregnancy

You cannot ask questions about these, as it is considered discriminatory not to employ a candidate based on any of these reasons.

Now you know what you cannot ask, you can start to create your interview questions:

When creating the questions you must read through the job description/person specification and decide what you and your colleagues are looking for in a potential employee. From this you can formulate the questions you want to ask.

When formulating the questions you must bear in mind that every question you ask during a job interview must have a specific purpose. That purpose may be to elicit specific information, produce some insight into the candidate’s personality, past performance, or simply put the candidate at ease.  It is also important to tie questions to the criteria defined in the job description.

When you have written the questions, check them through and possibly test them on a colleague who will also conduct the interview with you.

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