Are you asking unlawful interview questions?
As Sir Alan Sugar found out in the 2007 series of The Apprentice, grilling a female candidate about how she planned to juggle her family with work commitments, could breach sex discrimination laws.
Employers are not allowed to discriminate against candidates on the grounds of age, beliefs, disability, gender, race, religion or sexuality. Asking how old an applicant is could be seen as discrimination and in fact many recent rulings show that these errors could result in heavy fines and risk to an employers reputation.
According to Joe McDermott, founder of RecruitSure, employers are running the risk of financial loss and much worse.
“Employers used to be allowed to ask anything they liked – sexuality, religious views, family background,” says McDermott, “But now, bosses are fully aware of all the legal requirements they face and so often shy away from asking the questions they really should in order to hire the right person.”
RecuitSure has been developed by HR specialists and helps firms avoid all the legal pitfalls while ensuring the right questions are asked. Managers can create professional interview scripts for a whole range of jobs and all with questions relevant to the applicant.
“Employers are rightly concerned about the questions they ask in the interview and we provide a solution which gives them the confidence and knowledge to recruit the best person and avoid the risk of legal action.” says McDermott.
“Interview skills training is essential for everyone involved in recruitment and what’s really worrying is that an alarming number of company bosses have not had any formal training in how to carry out an interview or what questions to ask.” says McDermott.
The risk is they end up recruiting the wrong person, says McDermott, or worse face legal action.
All of these pitfalls can be easily avoided with the right knowledge and RecuitSure comes with a complete interview skills training course providing all the information companies need to conduct successful interviews. At a fraction of the cost of a traditional, out-of-the-office course, this online service means employers save money and avoid potential lawsuits.