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15 interview questions you can legally ask

by The NonProfit Times - April 15, 2013

There are a lot of laws these days that restrict the kind of information you can request from candidates during job interviews. Since you probably don’t want to get in trouble with the law, it’s important to know the questions that you can and should ask.

In his book “The Nonprofit Handbook, Third Edition,” Gary M. Grobman made a list of the questions that you are by law allowed to ask candidates. You should be sure to include variations of most of these in all of your job interviews.

  • What background and experience make you feel you would be suitable for this position?
  • What is your educational background, and how has that prepared you for this job?
  • What attracted you to apply for a position with this organization?
  • What separates you from other applicants?
  • Which former employers or teachers may be consulted concerning your abilities?
  • What are your long-term professional goals?
  • What are the two or three things that are most important to you in a new professional setting?
  • What motivates you to perform?
  • What are some of your most important accomplishments in your previous position, and what did you do that was special to achieve them?
  • Describe a situation in which you had a conflict with another individual, and explain what you did to resolve it.
  • Are you more comfortable working with a team on a group assignment, or by yourself?
  • What are your significant strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why are you shifting direction in employment?
  • Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?
  • How do you feel about your current/previous employer(s)?


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