The Best and Worst Interview Questions
Do Ask: "Do you volunteer within the community?"
Extracurricular activities can reveal volumes about a candidate. Certain jobs, such as volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, can allude to traits such as physical strength, the ability to work alone, and, in the case of fundraising, exhibit trustworthiness with money. "However, you must be careful not to specifically ask what organizations (except professional) the applicant may belong to," says Moskowitz. Asking a direct question could potentially reveal information about national origin or religious affiliations. "The interviewer should not comment on the organization or ask the applicant what his/her relationship is to the organization, but rather the service that is being performed and what the applicant is getting out of it."