As diversity and inclusion become pivotal in 2024’s workplace landscape, interviewers must navigate a changing terrain where not all questions are permissible. With the EU’s Anti-Discrimination Directive firmly in place, recruiters are restricted from asking questions that could lead to discrimination based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. This means avoiding inquiries about marital status, plans for children, religious beliefs, or age.
So, what to do? The focus should instead be on job-related competencies and skills. Understanding these boundaries is crucial for fair hiring practices that support a diverse and inclusive work environment, aligning with the EU’s commitment to equality and non-discrimination.