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Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates: Hawaii

Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates requirements for other states

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

Author: Anna Elento-Sneed, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing


  • There are a number of inquiries that an employer cannot make until after a job offer has been made. See Preemployment Inquiries.
  • Hawaii goes beyond federal law in protecting job applicants and employees from discrimination, and applies to all employers regardless of size. See Hawaii Fair Employment Practices Act.
  • Employers must take Hawaii's "Ban the Box" law into account and avoid asking for criminal history information on job application forms. See Application Forms.
  • Hawaii employers may no longer ask job applicants about their salary history though they may still discuss a candidate's salary expectations. See Salary History Inquiry.
  • State law prevents employers from requiring prospective employees to submit to a lie detector test as part of the interview and selection process. See Unlawful Practices.
  • Hawaii provides a qualified immunity defense for employers that provide job references in good faith. See Reference Checks.