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Guidelines for Pre-Employment Inquiries

Subject Appropriate Inappropriate
Age

None.

Questions about age, requests for birth certificate.

Arrest Record

None.

Inquiries regarding a person’s prior and/or current arrest record.

Family

None.

Number and ages of children, child bearing/rearing queries.

Citizenship

May ask questions about legal authorization to work in the specific position if all applicants are asked.

May not ask if person is a U.S. citizen.

Convictions

May ask if any record of criminal convictions and/or offenses exist, if all applicants are asked.

None.

Education

Inquiries about degree or equivalent experience.

None.

Disability

May ask about applicant’s ability to do job-related functions.

Question (or series of questions) that is likely to solicit information about a disability.

Marital or Parental Status

Whether applicant can meet work schedule or job requirements.  Should be asked of both sexes.

Any inquiry about marital status, children, pregnancy, or child care plans.

National Origin

May ask all applicants if legally authorized to work in this specific position.

May not ask if person is a U.S. citizen.

Personal Finances

None.

Inquiries regarding credit record, owning a home, or garnishment record.

Political Affiliation

None.

Inquiries about membership in a political party.

Organizations

Inquiries about professional organizations related to the position.

Inquiries about professional organizations suggesting race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Race, Color or Sexual Orientation

None.

Comments about complexion, color of skin, height, weight, or sexual orientation.

Religion

Describe the work schedule and ask whether applicant can work that schedule

Inquiries about religious preferences, affiliation, or denominations.