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Stick with same interview questions for all candidates

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Interviews are often critical for sorting through many apparently qualified job applicants, and it’s critical to properly handle the interview process. Be sure you treat candidates equally, asking the same interview questions of everyone. That makes your somewhat subjective assessment of responses immune to allegations that some candidates had to answer harder questions.

Recent case: Lamonica, who is black, was one of 96 qualified candidates for a job opening. She got to phase two of the process, but was not one of the final 19. She sued, alleging that she had been discriminated against during the second phase interview.

But notes indicated Lamonica faltered in answering two questions and that everyone got the same questions. She couldn’t show she was clearly more qualified than the final candidates and lost the case. (Cross v. New Jersey, No. 14-2998, 3rd Cir., 2015)

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