6 Apr, 2023 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

Curiosity of the employer during the job interview

6 Apr, 2023 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

Before hiring an employee, it is tempting for the company to screen him or her. But beware, certain questions may infringe on the employee's private sphere. 

During the job interview, the employer is not allowed to ask the candidate all the questions he wants. Only information that is relevant to the employee's suitability for the position in question may be asked. Questions that are not related to the job and that infringe on the employee's privacy are illegal. This is the case for questions about the employee's health or criminal record, among others. However, the lawfulness of questions that may infringe on an employee's privacy depends on the job. Some private information is necessary to fulfill the requirements of certain positions.

This article discusses the following topics:

  • questions from the employer during the hiring process
  • questions that may invade the applicant's privacy
  • questions about the employee's financial situation, criminal record and state of health
  • the applicant's right to refuse to answer certain questions asked by the employer 
  • ordinary or immediate dismissal in case of discovery of lies during the job interview

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