If you are the interviewer, there actually is such a thing as a stupid (and perhaps unlawful) question in an interview. The key to developing appropriate interview questions that are both useful in obtaining relevant information and also legal is to train those involved in the interview process. Participants in the interview process, regardless of whether they are decisionmakers, should fully understand what information should not be solicited during telephone screens or interviews of applicants. Even the most cautious employers, however, may face litigation from a disgruntled applicant who believes that he or she was treated unfairly in the hiring process. Recognizing these potential legal pitfalls and training those involved in the interview process is the best way to avoid asking the wrong question during an interview.
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