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Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates: New Mexico

Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates requirements for other states

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

Authors: Kim A. Griffith, Quentin Smith and Barbara G. Stephenson, Sheehan & Sheehan, P.A.

Summary

  • The New Mexico Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in hiring as well as other aspects of employment, and is broader than federal employment laws because it applies to employers with as few as four employees, and extends protection to more classes of individuals. See New Mexico Human Rights Act.
  • Appropriate interview questions are affected by the broader provisions of the New Mexico Human Rights Act as well as by relevancy and privacy concerns. See Interviewing Applicants.
  • New Mexico has a ban the box law. See Ban the Box.
  • New Mexico employers should carefully conduct reference checks and background checks. See Reference Checks.
  • New Mexico law prohibits an employer from asking prospective employees for access to their private social networking accounts or profiles. See Social Media.
  • An employer is prohibited from refusing to hire an individual because they are a smoker or nonsmoker. See Smokers' Rights.
  • Albuquerque has requirements pertaining to interviewing and selecting job candidates. See Local Requirements.