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Interviewing: Sharpen skills to stamp out hiring bias

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THE LAW. Job interviews are a legal minefield for HR people and managers. Your questions must avoid stepping on federal and state equal employment laws that ban discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin or citizenship, religion, sex, age and disability. Some state laws also ban discrimination based on factors such as marital status, family status, sexual orientation and AIDS.

Also, federal recordkeeping re-quirements mandate that you keep any interview notes, as well as application forms and other hiring records, for at least one year. Federal contractors must retain such records for at least two years.

WHAT'S NEW. The sour economy kept employees in their seats in recent years. Now, about 40 percent of them plan to change jobs this year, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. If your company is ramping up staffing, now is a good time to remind hiring managers how to dodge the legal traps of inter...(register to read more)

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