interview questions http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14633/all en-US 7 Questions a Potential Employer Cannot Ask You http://www.wisebread.com/7-questions-a-potential-employer-cannot-ask-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-questions-a-potential-employer-cannot-ask-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_job_interview_000061752264.jpg" alt="Woman being asked questions a potential employer cannot ask" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's taking U.S. companies longer and longer to hire new employees. In June 2014, it took an <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/companies-are-taking-longer-to-hire-1409612937">average of 24.9 work days</a> for employers to fill vacant positions. The average hiring time for companies with 5,000 or more employees is even longer at 58.1 work days.</p> <p>In the rush to fill vacancies faster, some employers are making some bad judgment calls. According to a 2014 poll conducted by Harris Poll, one in five U.S. employers has unknowingly asked an interview question that ran afoul of the law. Here are seven questions a prospective employer cannot ask you during an interview.</p> <h2>1. What Is Your Religious Affiliation?</h2> <p>Being concerned about whether or not you can meet the required work schedule for a position, some employers go the wrong way about finding out about your availability. While the <a href="http://finduslaw.com/civil-rights-act-1964-cra-title-vii-equal-employment-opportunities-42-us-code-chapter-21#3">Title VII Equal Employment Opportunities chapter</a> of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn't provide a specific list of questions that &quot;thou shalt not ask,&quot; it certainly provides clear guidelines as to what is off the negotiation table. So, it is illegal for an employer to ask you about your religion. While an employer can legally ask you if you can work on a required work schedule or select from a choice of work days, he can't inquire about your willingness to work any particular religious holiday.</p> <h2>2. Are You Pregnant?</h2> <p>Before hiring you, an employer can't ask you if you're pregnant, plan to have kids, or plan to have more kids. Any of these matters can directly or indirectly result in limitation of a job opportunity in any way, so that's why the Civil Rights Act takes them off the table as well. After hiring you, your employer or HR department rep can inquire on your status for qualified reasons, such as health insurance, retirement accounts, or tax withholding.</p> <h2>3. What Is Your Political Affiliation?</h2> <p>With the U.S. presidential election coming up in November, some interviewers may drop this one on you. Under the <a href="https://archive.opm.gov/biographyofanideal/PU_CSreform.htm">Civil Service Reform Act of 1978</a>, federal employers are prohibited from asking political party preference questions of federal employees and job applicants. This is to guarantee that all employees and job applicants receive fair and equitable treatment in all aspects of personnel management without regard to political affiliation.</p> <p>While there are no federal laws that prohibit employers in the private sector from asking about political affiliation, they should refrain from asking such questions anyway. Some states, including Mississippi and the District of Columbia, have specific <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/discrimination-employment.aspx">laws on employment-related discrimination</a> that include political affiliation.</p> <h2>4. What Is Your Nationality?</h2> <p>Immigration is one of the key issues being discussed by candidates from both parties of this election. While an employer has every right to check that you can legally work for them, they can't ask any questions regarding your nationality.</p> <p>During a prospective job interview, it's illegal to inquire where you were born, whether you were born a U.S. citizen or naturalized, your national origin, and what is your first language. Only when it's relevant to the job can you be asked about your language proficiency. After employment, you can be asked to submit a birth certificate, proof of U.S. citizenship, or other proof of the legal right to work in the U.S.</p> <h2>5. How Old Are You?</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/adea.cfm">Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967</a> protects job applicants who are age 40 and older against ageism, which is discrimination against individuals on the basis of their age. Any sneaky questions to try identifying persons between 40 and 60 years are illegal.</p> <p>For those age 18 and over, some state employment laws, including those from Oregon, provide some protection with a few exceptions. Still, it's legal to inquire before hiring if you could furnish proof of age if hired, and to request such proof after hiring.</p> <h2>6. Are You Disabled?</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.disability.gov/rehabilitation-act-1973/">Rehabilitation Act of 1973</a> prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all types of federal employment. Since 1990, <a href="https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/fs-ada.cfm">Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act</a> (ADA) prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies, and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in all job application and employment processes.</p> <p>The definition of disabilities is quite extensive. For example, an employer can't legally ask you whether or not you socially drink. Under the ADA, a recovering alcoholic is protected and doesn't have to disclose any disability information before landing an official job offer.</p> <h2>7. What is Your Credit Rating?</h2> <p>You may have heard that your credit history may affect your employment options. However, there are limitations for employers to use credit information in employment decisions.</p> <p>First, the <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0096-fair-credit-reporting-act.pdf">Fair Credit Reporting Act</a> outlines that employers require your written consent to get access to your credit report. The one exception is the trucking industry. Your potential employer must have a valid reason to request for your credit data and she can't disqualify you from employment unless the data directly affects your ability to perform the position you're interviewing for. In the event that she denies you employment, she must release the credit report to you and provide an explanation.</p> <p>Second, <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/financial-services-and-commerce/use-of-credit-info-in-employ-2013-legis.aspx">10 states</a>, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, have enacted legislation that bans employers from using credit information in employment decisions. If you're seeking employment in one of those states, potential employers <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-questions-you-never-have-to-answer">can't ask for your credit history or score</a>.</p> <p><em>What are other questions that a prospective employer can't ask you? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-questions-a-potential-employer-cannot-ask-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview">5 Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/weird-job-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them">Weird Job Interview Questions (and How to Answer Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions">10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting boss harassment interview questions off limits personal questions potential employer questions Wed, 04 May 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Damian Davila 1700128 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-3884375-small.jpg" alt="interview" title="interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you go into a job interview, you likely have rehearsed what you're going to stay to the interviewer about your skills and experience. But then comes the part of the interview when your potential employer offers you the opportunity to ask questions. Many in the hot seat will often reply that they don't have any, even though their brain is rapid-firing plenty of unanswered questions.</p> <p>The presented opportunity to learn more about a company hiring new employees is one that should not be wasted. You want to be sure you are pursuing vacancies that are actually worth going after. If a job or company is not right for you, you will end up wasting everyone&rsquo;s time. If a job does sound like a good fit, you will want to be sure you have the right expectations if you do <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-get-hired-be-memorable">get hired</a>.</p> <p>Here are five great questions to bring up during a job interview. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to&nbsp;Answer 23 of the Most Common&nbsp;Interview Questions</a>)</p> <h3>How Often Does Your Current Staff Receive Promotions?</h3> <p>You should understand how committed a company is to promoting from within. Many employees take positions just to get a job but fail to find out what the advancement potential is in a company. If the employer has a lot of positive things to say about an employee&rsquo;s ability to move up the ladder, you can ask more specific questions relevant to your own career path. If they are unable to provide you with information or try to avoid the question, you need to carefully consider whether the opportunity is right for you.</p> <h3>How Are Employees Compensated for a Job Well Done?</h3> <p>There are a wide variety of ways a company shows appreciation for loyal employees that exceed expectations. While financial rewards are always good, it is important to explore what else the company may provide outside of money. You want to identify businesses that do not acknowledge employee efforts, and asking such a question can give you a more in-depth look at how a company treats its staff.</p> <h3>Have You Ever Mentored an Employee to Help Achieve Their Career Goals?</h3> <p>If the interviewer is the person who will be your direct supervisor, you can learn a lot about their leadership characteristics through their answer to this question. There are many great leaders who are happy to help others get ahead and there are many in leadership positions just looking for a paycheck.</p> <h3>How Do You Promote Teamwork and Maintain a Motivated Environment?</h3> <p>If you are interviewing just to secure an income, you may not care to pose this question. However, if you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dream-job-or-day-job">are interviewing for a long-term career positions</a>, you will want to check out the health of the work environment and understand things from the management&rsquo;s perspective. You may also want to reach out after the interview to employees who already work for the company to see how their experience compares. If you get a positive review from management and a negative one from current employees, you may want to do more research into the realities of the work environment.</p> <h3>What Is the Process for Employee Reviews?</h3> <p>Career-focused individuals should want to know how they are doing periodically. Find out how employee reviews are done and if they are done on a regular basis. Some employers do not bother to communicate effectively with their staff, which can ultimately leave you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">dissatisfied and frustrated on the job</a> in the near future.</p> <p>While there are many more situation-specific questions to ask during an interview, you can use these starter questions to help you brainstorm. Ideally, you should take time to prepare your questions on paper in advance of your appointment day. As people tend to be nervous during the interview process, they forget their concerns and leave with too many unanswered questions.</p> <p>A job interview should be much more than just finding out what the salary and benefits will be. If you plan to commit to a job, you should have a good understanding of the company policies and the right expectations about the kind of work environment you will be reporting to every day.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview">13 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at Your Next Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired">This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview">10 Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-must-learn-about-the-company-before-your-job-interview">5 Things You Must Learn About the Company Before Your Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting career goals interview questions Job Interview Mon, 20 May 2013 10:24:56 +0000 Tisha Tolar 974175 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Interview Questions Every Small Business Owner Should Ask http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-interview-questions-every-small-business-owner-should-ask <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-interview-questions-every-small-business-owner-should-ask" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-interview-questions-every-small-business-own...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/5-interview-questions-every-small-business-owner-should-ask" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000011752270Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hiring is one of the most important and <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/should-your-hire-a-recruiter-1" target="_blank">critical tasks</a> for any small business owner. After all, your business is only as good as your people.</p> <p>But how do you know who the good people are? And how do you determine which candidates will perform to your expectations? Anyone can put on a good show for a few hours during an interview. What you want are people who will still be good in a few months.</p> <p>Nothing is certain, of course, but the five questions below will help you see deeper into the candidate's mind and make the decision that is best for your business.</p> <p><strong>1. Give an example of a time when you had to make a quick decision.</strong></p> <p>Small businesses are, by definition, small. That means that everyone has to share the responsibility. You need employees who can take initiative when necessary and make a decision when it needs to be made. This question forces candidates to demonstrate that they have had to deal with these make-a-call-and-make-it-now circumstances.</p> <p><strong>2. Give an example of a time when you exceeded expectations.</strong></p> <p>This question gives the candidate a chance to brag about their accomplishments, but the real value can be found in analyzing their approach and thought processes.</p> <p>Some candidates exceed expectations because little is expected of them in the first place. Others exceed expectations because they understand the root causes of a problem and the nature of the circumstances ... and then they take action based on those understandings.</p> <p>You'll know if you&rsquo;ve found the latter based on how the candidate describes the problems faced and their approach to the situation.</p> <p><strong>3. Convince me that you can adapt to a wide range of people, situations and environments.</strong></p> <p>The goal of this question is two-fold.</p> <p>First, employees that can adapt to a variety of circumstances are crucial in a small business environment. At some point, it's very likely that they will be asked to do something that is outside their normal job description. Employees have to be OK with that and capable of handling such a change.</p> <p>Additionally, you are asking them to convince you of something. This will give you an insight into how persuasive the candidate can be. Persuasion is critical in small business. In many situations, you are competing against businesses with more money, more resources, and more contacts. If you can't be persuasive, then you will lose.</p> <p><strong>4. What have you done that demonstrates initiative and willingness to work?</strong></p> <p>In all likelihood, your employees will be trained on-the-job. It is important to hire individuals that take action and aren't afraid to get into the thick of things. There are few rotational leadership programs or well-organized training courses in small business. Employees need to be ready to jump in and willing to work through the sticking points when they come along.</p> <p>Moreover, running a successful small business is all about trust. You need employees that you can depend on and believe in, even when you aren't around. If you fill your office with individuals that are self-motivated and take action, then you can be sure that business is moving forward.</p> <p><strong>5. Why should we hire you?</strong></p> <p>In a small business environment, candidates will have to prove themselves over and over again. Give them a chance to prove themselves right away!</p> <p>This question is the perfect way to open things up and allow the candidate to show you what they bring to the table. It's also an opportunity for them to display talents that you might not have thought to ask about during the interview.</p> <p>Sometimes the most compelling qualities are hidden within our stories. A good hiring manager can pull those stories out as the conversation progresses and this question helps to accomplish that.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/james-clear">James Clear</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-interview-questions-every-small-business-owner-should-ask">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview">5 Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center employee interview hiring interview interview questions new employee new hires small business Sun, 04 Sep 2011 20:51:05 +0000 James Clear 687233 at http://www.wisebread.com