What You Can and Can’t Ask a Veteran in a Job Interview

For some reason, when interviewing military veterans, hiring managers and recruiters seem to be at a loss when it comes to certain issues. We’re not really sure why – veterans are just like any other prospective employee who hasn’t proudly served our country. There are some sensitivities around their background and experience that is classified (for different reasons), and other information that can be discussed at great lengths. However, where do you draw the line between what is appropriate and what isn’t? Strategic Director Krista Williams discusses on Recruiting Trends what you can and can’t ask veterans and the rationale behind each of these points.  

Recruiting Trends: Hiring managers and recruiters need to be aware that there are certain questions they can and cannot ask military veterans during job interviews. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects the rights of veterans during civilian job interviews.

What you CAN’T ask:

• About Guard/Reserve training time requirements or potential deployments. 

• About the type of discharge they received. 

• Do you have PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury? 

What you CAN ask:

• Whether they have served in the military.

• Have you read the full job description? 

• Transferability questions. 

You can read Krista Williams’ full article here on Recruiting Trends: What You Can and Can’t Ask a Veteran in a Job Interview


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