Weekly HR News - Hiring Practices. Age Old Questions about AGE!

Weekly HR News - Hiring Practices

Interview Questions – What you can and can’t ask in regards to age!

Part 3 of 7

The job interview is a great way to find out if an applicant is the right person for the job.  It is also an opportunity for the city to find its way into a lawsuit if the wrong questions are asked.  In this series of articles, we will take a look at what questions will get you in hot water and what questions will get you the answers that you need to know!

Issues with questions related to a candidate’s age

Maturity is essential for most positions, however, keep in mind that it is illegal to discriminate against anyone over the age of 40.

  1. What you can't ask: How old are you?

Ask questions that ensure that the candidate is legally old enough to work for your city.

What to ask instead: Are you over the age of 18?

  1. What you can't ask: How much longer do you plan to work before you retire?

Again, this question can set the city up for a discrimination lawsuit based on age.

What to ask instead: What are your long-term career goals?

Next week we will look at issues in regards to marital and family status.  For a complete list of interview questions, contact Andrea Shindlebower with the KLC Legal Department.