In general, employers should consider answering the following questions before interviewing applicants and while reviewing application forms:

  • Is this question necessary to evaluate the applicant’s ability to perform the job?
  • Is this qualification necessary to the performance of the job?
  • Might this question inadvertently reveal a protected class status, like religion or marriage status?
  • Are inappropriate assumptions being made about women, minorities, or other protected class members?
  • Does this question (or qualification requirement) have a disproportionate impact on a protected class, such as women or minorities?