PEO’s Offer Expert Guidance In Asking Acceptable Interview Questions
Source: SOI Blog
Signs of an upturn in the economy have employers beginning to hire. “This may be good news; however, we need to be cautious in how we approach interviewing new hires. It may have been some time since interviews were conducted, so it is smart to brush up on what are acceptable and unacceptable interview questions,” says Raymond A. Parker, SPHR, Senior Vice President – HR Consulting at SOI, a leading national professional employer organization (PEO).
Parker suggests employers use a comprehensive source of what should and should not be asked in an interview. The site is authoritative for federal considerations because it is available through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It addresses: age, citizenship, criminal record, disability, education, gender, marital status, military service, name, national origin/ancestry, organization affiliation, other qualifications, photographs, physical data, race, references, religion/creed, residence, work schedule and similar. Consider as well – state and local guidelines.
Checking with HR professionals can be a time and cost saver by averting mistakes from the start. Professional employer organizations (PEOs) are well equipped to assist hiring authorities not only because of their professional HR expertise and interviewing know-how, but also because PEOs frequently do business in many states in the U.S. and keep on top of state and local hiring/interviewing-sensitive requirements. Hiring authorities and interviewers must be familiar with and comply with federal EEOC and other considerations.
PEOs and HR practitioners also can enhance the interviewing process by suggesting alternative interview formats such as a “structured interview” where interviewer asks a set of standardized questions of all candidates. Or they may suggest the “behavioral” interview where candidates give specific examples of how they performed and dealt with situations in the past. With interviewing, regardless of the interview format, savvy hiring officials and HR professionals know to focus on specific job-related questions and be fair, objective and compliant.
Many factors go into effective interviewing and hiring. For more information on interviewing, including a concise table of “ask” and “no-ask” interview questions, interviewing training and other guides, contact SOI today for a free comparison quote.
SOI is a leading professional employer organization (PEO) for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) serving as a trusted partner in integrated human resource (HR) compliance, risk management, employee benefits, employment practices liability insurance (EPLI), and payroll processing. SOI is based in Charlotte, NC and supports tens of thousands of worksite employees throughout the U.S. For more details, visit: human resources services.