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.