Search committees should use standardized interview questions for all candidates. If other groups are interviewing candidates on campus, search committees should ensure that other groups are using standardized questions as well.
Questions should be behaviorally based. Search committees and others should not ask questions pertaining to a protected status. The most common illegal questions include questions about children and marriage, religion, disability/health, and sexual orientation.
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Search committees should ask all candidates about their experience working with diverse populations or working toward equity and inclusion. The “diversity” question should not be asked by search committee members who are visibly marked as marginalized. Examples of questions that assess diversity competencies include the following:
- Please describe a time you actively worked to create a campus environment that is welcoming and inclusive for everyone.
- IUPUI/IU School of Medicine has a diverse workforce and serves those from diverse backgrounds, including faculty, staff, and students of color, individuals from other countries, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, impoverished or homeless individuals, and people with diverse religious backgrounds. Can you speak to a time where you worked with diverse individuals and how you approached it?
- How have you sought opportunities to improve the workplace or learning environment for individuals who are historically marginalized?
- Describe a situation where you needed to use your skills in multiculturalism or diversity to solve a problem.
- How have you integrated multiculturalism into your professional development?
- What do you see as the most challenging aspects of working in a diverse environment?
- Give an example that demonstrates you respect and appreciation for people who are different from you.
- Talk about a time where you needed to diversify curriculum or a program that you implemented. What steps did you take to ensure it was inclusive?
The answer to diversity-based competency should be taken into account just like all other competencies when making recommendations.