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Interviewing Your Candidate – You Can’t Ask That!

Published June 21, 2019 (last updated February 9, 2023) - Face2Face Field Service Manager

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9 things you just can’t ask a job candidate

Recruiting is a big deal for small business. But asking the wrong interview questions can land you and your business in hot water

  • 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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