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Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates: Iowa

Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Ryann Ricchio, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Summary

  • 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.