What You Can and Can't Ask

Ask only questions that specifically pertain to the candidate's skills, knowledge, abilities, and interests related to the position, as described on the requisition and job description, based on the predetermined selection criteria. Questions related to gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, color, race, religion, national origin, medical condition, pregnancy, or disabilities are inappropriate and against the law.

Whenever possible, let each candidate see the actual work location. Give each candidate a copy of the Job Description with the essential functions denoted by asterisk and a copy of the PEM form. Explain the documents and ask each candidate, "Can you perform the essential functions (denoted by asterisk) of the position?" Please note that questions about a candidate's disability or potential need for accommodation are prohibited before a job offer has been made.