Interview Dos and Don’ts

Several questions should always be avoided during the interview process. These questions lead to gender bias and methodically disadvantage potential female employees. Questions not to ask include:

  • What was your salary in your last job?
  • How much do you want?
  • What does your husband/partner do?
  • Are you planning on having children? More children?
  • Would you prefer maternity leave or a higher salary?

Setting the interview questions in advance and posing all of them to every candidate helps create a fair interview process.

Benefits such as health care, pension, and family leave should be clearly indicated in a job notice and be uniform for all similarly-situated employees. They should not be subject to any negotiation.