Let’s take a look at some tips for employers to avoid age discrimination during the interview process.
Interview Tips for Avoiding Age Discrimination
Here are a few interview tips on avoiding age discrimination:
Don’t ask different questions of older applicants. For example, the question “Will you be comfortable working with a younger team?” may seem simple enough. But if you’re only asking older applicants, it may appear as though you’re discouraging them to continue with the process.
The question “When did you graduate?” is another example of a seemingly harmless question that could have negative repercussions. It may appear you are trying to ascertain a person’s age. What really matters is whether the person is qualified for the job.
If the applicant has the qualifications, it shouldn’t matter when the person completed his or her education. Any other question that could be construed as searching for an applicant’s age could have the same effect.
Don’t assume negative things based on age alone. For example, don’t assume:
- Someone older won’t know how to use your technology or may be slower to learn things. Remember that seasoned professionals have likely been learning new processes and technologies their entire working lives. Even if they don’t have experience in the latest software you’re using, it doesn’t mean they won’t be able to use it. Training may be required, but this is true for anyone who hasn’t used that exact technology.
- They may have health issues. Remember that anyone could have health issues; it’s not fair to assume someone will be less available simply based on age. Read more here…
Source: HR Daily Advisor