Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates: Iowa
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
- Employers may not base hiring decisions on characteristics protected by Iowa antidiscrimination laws. See Iowa Civil Rights Act.
- Iowa's "Successful Interviewing Guide" discusses preemployment inquiries to avoid during the selection process. See Interviewing Applicants.
- Iowa follows federal law when it comes to questions about a job applicant's medical status. See Medical Inquiries.
- An employer can take advantage of Iowa's open records act to obtain useful information about the employment history of certain types of employees. See Reference Checks for Former Public Employees.
- Iowa permits employers to request a prospective employee's criminal history records, but there are certain restrictions. See Criminal History.
- Employers should take steps to avoid negligent hiring and negligent retention lawsuits. See Negligent Hiring and Retention.