Checklist for Interviewing New Staff

Here are some basic things to consider when interviewing.

  • Prepare adequately. Make sure you have all the information available about the type of applicant you need, the job description, as well as information about your business and the people involved in the company.

  • Do not talk too much. Let the applicant do most of the talking, if possible. You need to find out where they are coming from. You can assess more about them by listening to them.

  • Be realistic. Evaluate your applicants based on the criteria required for the performance of the job.

  • Be thorough. Take your time when interviewing because you only have one chance to obtain all the information you need to help you make a decision.

When interviewing, you are only permitted (by the Human Rights Acts) to ask the potential employee certain questions.

Some of the questions that you cannot ask include:

  • Place of birth.
  • Race or national origin.
  • Origin of their surname.
  • Marital status.
  • Whether they have plans to marry in the future.
  • The number of children.
  • Whether childcare arrangements are required.
  • Religious beliefs.
  • Holidays of your religious beliefs.
  • Person with whom you are living.
  • Political party that you support.

However, you do have the right to ask them about any previous arrests or convictions.

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