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Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates: North Carolina

Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates requirements for other states

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

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • North Carolina antidiscrimination law prohibits discrimination on the basis of several protected characteristics, and applies to employers with 15 or more employees. See North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act.
  • Employers must be aware of North Carolina laws that provide broader protections for individuals with physical or mental disabilities during the interview and application process. See Disability Inquiries.
  • Employers are not prohibited from requesting the arrest and conviction records of an applicant. See Arrest and Conviction Inquiries.
  • Employers should carefully review a candidate's employment history, criminal history and references to avoid potential negligent hiring claims. See Negligent Hiring.
  • North Carolina is among the states to make use of the federal E-Verify system mandatory for many employers. See E-Verify.