Kent City Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

3120C - PRE-EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Asking an applicant questions prohibited by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act during pre-employment interviews could open the door for a job candidate to take legal action against the District. The following guideline outlines the questions that are appropriate and those that should be avoided.

YOU CANNOT ASK:

 

A.

any question that would indicate race or color;

   
 

B.

any question that would indicate gender, unless job-related;

   
 

C.

applicant's religion or religious customs and holidays; recommendations from church officials;

   
 

D.

if applicant, spouse, or parents are native-born or naturalized; date of citizenship; or for other proof of citizenship before hiring;

 

(Proof of citizenship required on I-9 Form)

     
 

E.

marital status before hiring, the number and age of children, who cares for them, and if applicant plans to have more;

   
 

F.

to see military service records, about military service with any country other than U.S.;

   
 

G.

nationality, racial, or religious affiliation of school attended;

   
 

H.

how foreign language ability was acquired;

   
 

I.

inquiries about arrests, (as contrasted with convictions), except pending charges (see below at F.);

   
 

J.

listing of all clubs to which the applicant belongs or has belonged;

   
 

K.

that a candidate provide a photograph before hiring or that one be taken during an interview;

   
 

L.

height and weight or physical/mental characteristics which do not relate directly to the job specifications (see AG 3211);

   
 

M.

whether applicant lives with a disabled individual (whether related or not);

   
 

N.

whether applicant plans to marry or plans to have a family;

   
 

O.

whether applicant has any military obligations.

YOU CAN ASK:

 

A.

for applicant's current and previous address; phone number;

   
 

B.

whether applicant is eighteen (18) years of age or older;

   
 

C.

whether the applicant is lawfully authorized to work in the United States;

   
 

D.

if applicant has served in the U.S. armed forces including branch of service and rank attained; job-related experience acquired in the military;

   
 

E.

academic, professional, or vocational school attended; language skills such as reading and writing, foreign languages, grades, degrees, majors, etc.;

   
 

F.

criminal convictions; any pending felony charges; any misdemeanor charge related to sexual conduct or assault or abuse of a child;

   
 

G.

personal and professional and other work references not relating to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or ancestry;

   
 

H.

professional and social organization membership, so long as affiliation does not identify and is not used to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, national origin, or ancestry;

   
 

I.

willingness to perform job functions;

   
 

J.

willingness to work required work schedule and under prescribed working conditions.

AFTER HIRING, YOU MAY OBTAIN:

 

A.

marital status and number/age of dependents for insurance and tax purposes;

   
 

B.

proof of age;

   
 

C.

status of citizenship (I-9 Form);

   
 

D.

race, if done pursuant to required or approved affirmative action plan and maintained separately from applicant file;

   
 

E.

a copy of military discharge certificate.

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