A personal interview provides an opportunity for you to meet applicants and determine if they are a good fit for your organization. It’s also a time for you and others participating in the interview to ask questions that screen for child sexual abuse risk factors. As with all other parts of the screening, to avoid actual or perceived discrimination, you must ask all applicants to your organization—or for specific positions—the same (or substantially similar) set of questions. Similarly, to the extent possible, you should evaluate their answers based on particular criteria. Whenever possible, particularly within larger organizations, your interviews should be conducted by individuals trained in interview techniques.
The personal interview is also a good time to provide applicants with your organization’s Code of Conduct, and to discuss or present a copy of the portions of your Policies and Procedures that pertain to child safety.
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