July 13

Job Interview Tip: Revisit What You Can and Cannot Ask in an Interview

Make the right hire by fine-tuning your interview process. Here are our tips for making that happen.

When you’re setting up interviews, it’s important to remember that presentation is everything, and the impression you make goes a long way in whether or not someone will want to accept an offer. It’s a job seeker’s market out there, so you want to make sure you’re bringing your A-game to the interview. One fundamental way to make a good impression is to prepare the right questions and avoid the wrong ones.

When you are interviewing a candidate, make sure your questions focus on the candidate’s skills, qualifications, and how they relate to the role the candidate is interviewing for. Any other information is likely not needed and could put you at risk of violating some employment laws. For instance, you can ask a candidate the level of proficiency they have in a specific language, but only if that language is listed as a requirement in the job ad. You can also ask what languages a candidate speaks, but only if they list languages in their application. In all other circumstances, it’s not appropriate to ask the candidate about language proficiency. There are a few other questions like the example above that you should be aware of when interviewing candidates. To refresh yourself on what those are, check out our blog covering interview questions you shouldn’t ask.

About the author


Ashley McNally likes to cook, loves to bake, and is always dreaming of her next meal. With over 13 years of experience working in various roles within a restaurant — McNally has made a home in hospitality.


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