Beyond 'Illegal' Interview Questions: What Hiring Managers Need to Know About EEO Compliance

On-Demand Schedule Sun, December 10, 2023 - Sun, December 17, 2023
Duration 60 Mins
Level Intermediate
Webinar ID IQW20E0515

  • Why a list of ‘illegal interview questions’ to avoid is not sufficient
  • What the protected characteristics are and why they are off-limits during the hiring process
  • Common hiring process mistakes (to avoid) related to protected characteristics
  • Examples of less-than-obvious off-limits topics based on real-world situations
  • Best practices to avoid EEO-related risks and liability related to the hiring process

Overview of the webinar

This webinar will provide people involved in all aspects of the hiring process with a comprehensive overview of key facts about protected characteristics to screen applicants, conduct interviews and make hiring decisions in a manner that is compliant with all U.S. equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws and regulations.

Attendees will deepen their knowledge of off-limits topics for the hiring process beyond what is found on the often-used lists of illegal interview questions commonly used when “training” people on how to hire.These lists may in some cases be a good starting point, but they don’t fully equipment people who make hiring decisions with everything they need to know to avoid introducing the potential for discrimination into the hiring process. 

Who should attend?

  • Recruiter
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Staffing specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Human Resources Business Partner
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Manager (with hiring responsibilities)
  • Supervisor (with hiring responsibilities)
  • Business Owner (with hiring responsibilities)
  • Executive (with hiring responsibilities)
  • Risk management professionals

Why should you attend?

The goal of this training program is for participants to develop (and be able to apply!) a working knowledge of the kinds of information that cannote be used in the hiring process in order to stay in compliance with equal employment opportunity requirements. 

Learning objectives include:

  • Clarification of what all the protected characteristics are
  • How protected characteristics relate to the hiring process
  • Brief overview of EEO laws as relevant to the hiring process

Faculty - Ms.Mary G White

Mary Gormandy White is the Managing Director, and she provides management, leadership, employee, team, and HR training. Mary holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Communication and her certifications include Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and Everything DiSC® Certified Trainer/Accredited Workplace Facilitator.

Mary’s professional background includes extensive experience in management, HR, higher education, and writing/editing. She teaches online PHR, SPHR, aPHR, and SHRM certification prep courses and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and association meetings nationwide. She also provides content writing and test item development services and teaches Communication Studies at a community college. 


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