Steer clear of age-related questions. Even something as innocent as commenting on how young a person looks can lead to trouble. Age discrimination is a big issue these days with a large number of people over 40 looking for work. Do not ask anything that is age-related.
Don’t ask about a candidate’s nationality. If you ask a candidate where they were born or citizenship status, this could imply discrimination on the basis of national origin. Instead ask if the potential employee has the right to work in the U.S. and if they can provide verification – which the law requires them to do if hired.
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