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Interviewing Your Candidate – You Can’t Ask That!

Published June 21, 2019 (last updated on July 4, 2024) | Adam Wyatt - Content Writer


Recruiting is a big deal for small business. But asking the wrong interview questions can land you and your business in hot water. What are the things you can't ask candidates?

  • Ethnic/racial background

  • Sexual orientation

  • Age

  • Religion

  • Marriage status

  • Family plans (i.e. plans to have a baby)

  • Voting habits

  • Physical or mental disability status (unless it directly impacts the role)

  • Union membership status

So, what can I ask?

Questions around this area that are perfectly fine to ask:

  • Are you an Australian citizen/have the right to work here?

  • Can you speak Chinese (e.g.)? (if the role requirements have specific need for it)

  • What are your social media accounts? (although the employee isn’t compelled to give over information)

  • Why did you leave your previous role?

  • Do you have a criminal record? (depends on state, and if it’s relevant to the requirements of the role)



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