Sidestepping Illegal Interview Questions

When it comes to hiring a new employee for your office, we at the Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) know this is a time-consuming process. In addition, once you make a decision, a new hire requires a significant investment of time (which translates as money) to train properly and get up to speed on your office’s policies, procedures and protocols. Having to go back to the drawing board when a new hire doesn’t work out is costly and frustrating. Sometimes, however, you may be faced with a dilemma. The questions you want to ask are considered illegal, but you want the information to ensure a successful hire. Below are some suggested alternatives for illegal questions that can help you get the information you need legally.
Illegal: How old are you?
Legal: Tell me about your education. What were you doing before you came here?
Illegal: Are you married/do you or plan to have children?
Legal: Would you be willing to travel as a regular part of your job? Would you be willing to relocate? Would working overtime be a problem for you?
Illegal: Are you a U.S. citizen? Legal: Are you authorized to work in the U.S.? What languages do you speak fluently (if relevant to your patient population?)
Illegal: Do you have any disabilities? Have you had any past operations or illnesses?
Legal: Are you able to perform the essential functions of this job as described with or without reasonable accommodations?
Remember, questions must be relatable to tasks necessary to be performed as part of the job the person is applying to. You must also be sure to ask all applicants the same questions regardless of your concerns.
At IPED, we draw from the experiences of our members who represent every career stage in the field of podiatry. Find out how membership can benefit you by contacting our Executive Director, Ruth Ann Donahue at: 978-296-7634.

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