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Interview Questions NOT to Ask
Interviews are a crucial aspect to hiring success in today’s trucking industry. They provide recruiters with an opportunity to test applicants for cultural fit and determine if they will be able to perform the essential duties of the position. With demand for drivers being higher than ever, it is easy to imagine how that pressure could cause a rush through the interview stage without thinking about the questions you can and cannot ask.
We have developed a list of some of the questions that you CANNOT ask applicants during the interview process. Remember, this list is not comprehensive and there are more questions you cannot ask; this is a starting point to get you thinking in the right direction.
How old are you?
Are you married?
Is English your first language?
Are you in good health?
Are you religious?
Have you ever been arrested?
What is your weight?
What organizations or clubs do you belong to?
How much longer are you planning on working before retirement?
Do you plan on starting a family?
What country are you from?
It is important to keep in mind that a best practice is always to spend time determining what questions you are going to ask in the interview. If you are interviewing multiple candidates for the same driving position, you may find it advantageous to ask them the exact same questions.
To sum things up, you should only be asking questions that pertain directly to the position for which you're interviewing. For example, knowing someone's religion really has no barring on if the individual would be a good truck driver. By spending a little time thinking about the questions that really need to be answered, you and your company will unquestionably be hiring ethically while being effective.
What other questions do you feel are "gotcha" type questions? Let us know in the comments below!