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Diversity Questions You Need To Ask During An Interview

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Being a token worker at a job is never fun. All the microaggression, and unconscious bias, can stump your career growth and mental health. 

It’s important to be able to be your authentic self in the workplace. So it is reasonable to only want to join a company that is driving change in the workplace and shows cultural competency.

Also, research shows that diverse teams perform better, so it’s more likely you’ll be a part of a high-achieving team. 

The best part about employers now -finally- paying more attention to their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts is that during a job interview, you can also interview them. This will help you to make sure you’ll be in a company that has fair policies, and growth opportunities, and you’ll be appreciated.  

By taking advantage of the interview process and realizing that this company is legit, you’ll probably have fewer chances of undergoing unpleasant or even traumatic experiences at work. 

Although it’s true that you can check the company’s website before the interview to see what they state publicly about diversity, equity, and inclusion, it’s always better to make sure they talk the talk and walk the walk. 

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Here are some questions you can ask your interviewer about their D&I initiatives that they’ll be able to answer if they are as supportive as they claim:

What are your core values?

I’ve seen some content on your social networks about your commitment to D&I, could you tell me more about what you have been doing behind the scenes?

How diverse are the leadership teams?

Can you share data that shows the level of diversity throughout the organization?

What benefits has Diversity brought to your working environment?

How are you making sure everyone feels included?

How do you foster open communication about diversity, equity, and inclusion? 

What are your diversity goals for the next year? 

I’m interested in being part of D&I programs, are there any available that you think I’d be a good fit for?

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Hopefully, after using these questions you’ll find an organization that’s dedicated to providing an equitable and inclusive environment for its employees where you’ll feel comfortable and appreciated, ready to do your best.

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