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Hire Smarter

Know what you can't ask job candidates.

Credit unions plan to hire more employees in 2015, according to CUNA's 2015-2016 Staff Salary Report, with 35% planning to add staff.

If your credit union plans to add more staff, remind recruiters what questions you should and shouldn't be asking during job interviews.

"Most interviewers haven't had formal training on what questions border on improper or are illegal," says Peter K. Studner, author of "Super Job Search IV: The Complete Manual for Job Seekers & Career Changers."

As a result, he says, interviewees often volunteer "wrong" answers and too much information.

While no list cites every single illegal or improper question, Studner says these six examples will give employers a good idea of the types of questions to avoid asking during interviews:

1. How old are you? Interviewers can't ask a candidate his/her age except to determine if that person is a minor. The tendency to ask this question increases if employers interview an older candidate.

2. When did you graduate from college or high school? This is another way employers try to figure out a candidate's age and, once again, it's not a legal question.

Prepared candidates who know which questions can and can't be asked likely will answer by emphasizing their years of experience, Studner says.

3. How's your health? While interviewers can ask questions to determine whether a candidate can physically perform a job, they're not allowed to ask specific questions about an individual's health.

4. I noticed that you have a limp. How did that happen? As with health, employers can't legally ask questions about a person's disability.

They can, however, ask questions about characteristics that relate to a person's ability to do a job, such as whether the person can lift 30 pounds, stand on their feet for long periods of time, or talk on the phone frequently.

5. What's your religion? Do you observe any religious holidays? Questions about a person's religion are illegal.

6. Do you have a criminal record? During an interview, employers can ask whether a candidate has any criminal convictions. This is especially helpful if the conviction relates to job duties.

Employers can't ask about a person's arrest record. But an employer can conduct independent research on candidates. This research might lead you to websites that include arrest information or jail booking photos. Prepared candidates will be ready to address the issue during the interview.

(Via news.cuna.org)