Category: Recruiting

Background Checks for Employment

Conducting a background check is very important for businesses when considering to hire a candidate. Doing your due diligence will provide reassurance that you have done your research on a candidate. This can range from Googling a candidate online to completing a consumer report. Some key points to keep in mind though no matter what direction you go in.

Consumer Reports

If you choose a consumer report or background check, be sure you follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirements. You must provide in writing that you will be conducting a background check on the candidate and provide an authorization form which they must sign prior to your search.

10 Questions You Should Never Ask During An Interview

I showed you 10 Questions To Ask During An Interview. Now lets look at 10 questions to avoid. Also, included are questions you can use instead to get the same result without getting into trouble.


  1. Are you a U.S. citizen?
    Instead, ask: Are you authorized to work in the U.S.?
  2. What religious holidays do you observe and would you need those days off?
    Instead, ask: Are you able to work with our required schedule?
  3. Do you belong to a club or social organization?
    Instead, ask: Are you a member of a professional or trade group that is relevant to our industry?
  4. How old are you?
    Instead, ask: Are you over the age of 18?
  5. Is this your maiden name?
    Instead, ask: Have you worked or earned a degree under another name?
  6. Do you have any children or do you plan to have children?
    Instead, ask: Are you available to work overtime on occasion? Can you travel?
  7. We’ve always had a man/woman do this job. How do you think you will stack up?
    Instead, ask: What do you have to offer our company?
  8. Do you smoke or drink?
    Instead, ask: In the past, have you been disciplined for violating company policies forbidding the use of alcohol or tobacco products?
  9. Do you take drugs?
    Instead, ask: Would you be willing to take a drug screen prior to employment?
  10. How many sick days did you take last year?
    Instead, ask: How many days of work did you miss last year excused or unexcused?

10 Questions To Ask During An Interview

There are so many interview questions to ask. Below are a 10 common interview questions you can ask depending on the job. These are just the basics as there are hundreds of questions and different ways to ask them.


  1. What interests you about the position?
  2. What are the top duties about your current or past position that you enjoyed most?
  3. What are the top duties about your current or past position that you disliked the most?
  4. What skill set do you think you would bring to this position?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
  6. Tell me a bit about your background? How do you think it relates to our current opening?
  7. What type of work environment do you thrive in? Very structured or more relaxed?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. Tell me anything else you would like us to know about you.
  10. What questions would you like to ask me?

What are some you have asked and how did they work for you?