Dos and don’ts of interview questions

As an employer, you need to know if a job candidate can legally work for you. But questions about a candidate’s immigration status, and specifically country of origin, are discriminatory under human rights laws in Canada.

So what can you ask and when?

During the recruitment phase (application forms and interviews):

  • Do: Ask if the candidate is legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Don’t: Ask for proof of citizenship, a work permit or a social insurance number.

Once an offer of employment has been made:

  • Do: Ask for legal proof of eligibility to work (social insurance number, work permit, visa, etc.).

>> Learn more about what you can and can’t ask during an interview, including province-specific guidelines.

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