Determine What to Include in an Application Form

Key Points

  • Employers should be consistent during the application process and make use of the same application forms for all applicants.
  • It is important to avoid asking an applicant's age, medical status or whether he or she has a disability unless the employer can show such inquiries relate to a legitimate job qualification.
  • An employer should tread cautiously and consult state law when asking about criminal convictions or arrests on application forms. Using arrest information may be viewed as discriminating against minority job applicants.

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