Interview Selection Guidelines

Interview questions must be:

  • Predetermined and asked of all candidates
  • Non-leading and open ended
  • Based on job requirements
  • Job related

Don’t ask about:

  • Age
  • Arrests
  • Citizenship
  • Disabilities/Health
  • Economic Status, including bankruptcy, car ownership, rental or ownership of a house, length of residence at any address, or past garnishment of wages
  • Education, where no direct job-related requirement or business necessity can be proven
  • English Language Skills
  • Height/Weight
  • Marital/Family status, including number of children and provision for child care
  • Military Service Records
  • National Origin
  • Race/Color
  • Religion

Hiring should be based on:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Abilities
  • Both performance skills and technical skills to determine if the student will be successful in the job.
  • Focus on what the employee can do, not what they can not do.

Things to consider:

  • Are you willing to train the student?
  • Is there potential for learning and applying what has been learned?
  • Do not let your judgment be influenced by things unrelated to the ability to do the job, such as: relative quality of other applicants, interviewer biases or stereotypes.

If you need further information or have questions, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at 970-491-5836, or the Career Center, 970-491-5707.