What Can an Employer Ask Its Applicants?

Employment InterviewAs a business owner, you would want to do everything that you can to ensure your business’ success. You’d study about the different business principles and models that will help establish the business. You will also gather your financial resources to give that much needed capital for expansion and other business plans. Most importantly though, you need to invest in the best tools for growth and success, your employees.

Getting the Best in the Business
Hiring the best employees possible can be a very daunting task for any employer. For one, it is not at all easy to get the best people to work for you. Some hire head hunters to find the cream of the crop and try to offer them attractive packages to lure promising employees to work for them. On the other hand, some employers hire people, give them the opportunity to grow in the company and discover their talent and improve their skills during their stay in the company.

Different strokes for different folks indeed. Different employers do different things to get the best people in the biz. However, in doing so, you have to remain ethical, avoiding the things that you should not be doing when hiring people. One of those things are the illegal background checks made on prospective workers. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during the pre-employment inquiries, it is illegal for an employer to make certain pre-employment inquiries. For one, inquiries about one’s race, color, sex, national origin, or age as these can be used to prove an employer’s intention to discriminate against an employee. Moreover, inquiries about one’s membership with organizations, clubs, or societies that may indicate an applicant’s race, sex, national origin, disability status, age, religion, color, or ancestry should also be avoided. Finally, employers shouldn’t ask for a photograph of a particular applicant.

To help employers remember these regulations, the EEOC and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published technical assistance documents to shed light about this important issue. Through this, employers can avoid getting sued for employment discrimination claims for illegal employee background checks. It also informs jobseekers of their rights under the state and federal laws.


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