The interview is an important step in the hiring process.  The following guidelines will help assist you through the interviewing process using best practices, best practices for interviewing.

Telephone Interviews

Telephone interviews are sometimes used to screen candidates in order to narrow the pool of applicants for on-campus interviews. 

  • They are cost and time effective.  Phone interviews should not last more than 30 minutes.
  • They test the applicant’s verbal communication skills.
  • They test the applicant’s ability to cope with the unexpected.

Legal/Illegal Questions

Federal and State laws prohibit prospective employers from asking certain questions that are not related to the job they are hiring for.  Questions should be job-related and not used to find out personal information.  During the interview, do not ask about race, gender, national origin, veteran status, religion, marital status, familial status, age, or disability.  The following provides a guide for illegal and legal interview questions.

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