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Hiring pros reveal their favorite interview questions

Even if you have interviewed hundreds of candidates over 25 years, you want to update your question arsenal occasionally. Here are a few tried and true ones you may not have thought of, and some favorites from hiring experts. Add them to your list and pass them to managers and others in your company responsible for hiring.

New year, new laws: Update your compliance!

States have new laws about human trafficking reporting, hair discrimination, family leave, wage transparency, artificial intelligence and surveillance.

Could affirmative action cases affect you?

The Supreme Court is pondering two cases questioning affirmative action in university admissions.

So you want to hire a disabled veteran

The EEOC has laid out specific steps employers may take to recruit and hire veterans with disabilities.

Identical interview questions key to surviving rejected applicant’s suit

The hiring process is a common lawsuit trigger for candidates not selected for the job they’re interviewing for. Lawsuits alleging race or other forms of discrimination may focus on individual questions, the hiring committee’s demographic composition or some other perceived discriminatory action. The best way to counter this is with a carefully crafted interview process.

Try offbeat interview questions

Try to go beyond résumés. The Talent Blog suggests some offbeat questions. Here are a few variations.

Would you hire someone with a criminal conviction?

The City Council of Atlanta amended its antidiscrimination ordinance to include protections for “criminal history status” and “gender expression.” The ordinance is effective immediately.

Are you missing the best candidates? Defeat the robots

Given the ease of online portals, posting a job opening online is easy and inexpensive. But a survey by Preptel, a job search firm, revealed that well over half of résumés submitted through a portal like Indeed or ZipRecruiter never make it to your desk.

Recruiting visa workers? Include a salary range

When requesting work visas from the federal government, employers know they must justify the move by showing they haven’t found American workers for open positions. But there’s no specific DOL requirement that job postings aimed at foreign recruits include salary ranges. That may mean that bringing those workers here may violate state and local wage transparency laws.

Screen your background screener

Not all background-screening providers are created equal. An employer must confirm their methods and information sources to avoid potentially expensive legal liability if a shoddy background check leads to trouble in the workplace.