The Interview

Interviewing Employees...


Tips For Interviewing Employees

Do interviews as soon as possible. Having a stack of applications with no idea of what the applicant looks like leaves you with no idea of where to start.

Offer the applicant something to drink and make them feel welcome. Treating an applicant like a guest will leave him or her with a positive attitude and even if you do not hire the person, he or she will continue to be a customer.

Conduct the interview in a quiet place without interruptions and take notes.

Look for the following:

1. Clean, neat appearance.
2. Makes eye contact.
3. Smiles easily.
4. On time.
5. Legible handwriting.

Questions you can not ask:

What is your height, eye color, weight, hair color? Instead, can you lift the amount required by the job?

Have you ever filed a discrimination charge? Instead, why did your leave your last job? Did you get along with your boss or supervisor?

Have you ever changed your name? Instead, have you worked under another name?

Do you own or rent your residence? Instead, how long have you lived at your residence?

What is your religion?

What is your race or color?

What is your age? Instead, ask if hired can you produce proof of age.

Do you have a college degree? They should be able to provide this information on their resume.

What is your citizenship? Instead, ask are you a U.S. Citizen?

What is your national origin, decent or nationality? Don't go there.

Sex, any question about sex, sexual habits, views about women's rights, etc. Just stay away.

Criminal record? Instead ask if they have ever been convicted of a felony.

Marital status, marital plans, spouse, birth control, dependants, child care, prior married name or spouse's view about their working. No questions about future pregnancies or maternity leave.

Names & addresses of relatives.

Membership of organizations or clubs.

Medical history or disabilities. Instead ask if they have any physical
limitations that would prevent them from doing certain jobs or would require someone else to do them.