Wendy Ryan at Salary.com published an article entitled “Can they ask that? Illegal interview topics.” The article breaks down some common interview questions that are of questionable legality, which can come up in a job hunt. You can read the article here: http://www.salary.com/can-they-ask-that-illegal-interview-topics/
In my book, Information Age Management: How to Increase Productivity by Getting the Best Out of Contractors, Vendors, Telecommuters, and Other Geeks in a Rapidly Changing Workplace, I devote an entire section (Section III) to How to Find and Keep Good Workers. The chapters within that section break down as follows:
- Writing a Good Help Wanted Ad
- Online Job Application and Screening Applications
- First Contact Protocol
- In Conclusion – Hiring Workers
I begin by explaining what sort of workers the modern company needs and then I detail how to make the correct impact using effective help wanted posts, online job boards, et. al. I also explain how to interview a new worker, particularly for a technical position.
The philosophy of Information Age Management is to focus on results above all else. As such, the sorts of questions that Salon.com (correctly) points out as being common are not only legally iffy but they are also superfluous and a sign of a poorly managed company – or at least a poor interviewer.
Once you’ve read Information Age Management and digested the philosophy and techniques that lead to a more productive workplace, you’ll be in a position to ask better questions, get better personnel, keep them, and find success together.
Information Age Management: How to Increase Productivity by Getting the Best Out of Contractors, Vendors, Telecommuters, and Other Geeks in a Rapidly Changing Workplace
is available from Amazon.com and BN.com.