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Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates: New Jersey

Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates requirements for other states

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

Author: Christopher Dalton, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC


  • New Jersey's antidiscrimination laws follow, but are broader than, federal antidiscrimination laws. See New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
  • New Jersey has specific prohibitions on what employers can ask in application forms and during job interviews. See Preemployment Tests and Inquiries.
  • Disability under New Jersey law is broader than federal law, does not require limitation of major life activities and may include some temporary disabilities. See Disability-Related Inquiries.
  • New Jersey regulates employer inquiries into an applicant's arrest record. See Arrest & Conviction Records/Criminal Background Checks.
  • A new state law prevents most private employers from asking criminal history questions during the initial job application process. See Ban the Box Law.
  • Under New Jersey antidiscrimination law, individuals (supervisors, managers) may be liable for "aiding and abetting" an employer's unlawful discrimination.
  • New Jersey bans employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose their usernames or passwords for private social media accounts. See Social Media Privacy.