Inclusive Interviewing

Inclusive interviewing processes are essential aspects of search and selection. Below, please find strategies for inclusive interviewing. These strategies were developed by Dr. Kristen Moore, Associate Professor of Engineering Education at the University of Buffalo.

Planning an Inclusive First Round Interview

Planning an Inclusive Campus Visit

An inclusive campus visit considers how different people require different experiences in order to determine whether to take a job and that different bodies require different accommodations and experiences in order to be most successful. Unlike the short, first round interviews, campus visits are multiple day events that attempt both to learn more about the candidate but also to allow the candidate to learn about Brandeis' culture and campus. Planning an inclusive visit takes a lot of time and dedicated thinking about the candidate as an individual and should be done from an intersectional framework.


Questions that might facilitate planning with the candidate include (but are not limited to):


Creates inclusion for

Is there a time you prefer to have a break in the day? Nursing parents; single parents; those with medical conditions/medications to take.
The dean’s office is X buildings away from where you’ll do the bulk of your day. Does 15 minutes seem like enough time to travel between those buildings? Candidates with physical constraints or chronic pain.
Would you prefer to see the rooms you’re teaching/talking in ahead of time? Is the morning of soon enough or should we try to arrange a time to see it when you arrive? Candidates with a range of neurodiversity; candidates with physical constraints.
Are there additional units on campus you’d like to talk with? Candidates from multiply marginalized gender, sexuality, racial, ethnic or ability groups.
Are there particular types of food you’d like to avoid for health or dietary reasons? Are there foods you are particularly keen on? Candidates with medical conditions; candidates from particular religious groups; class diversity.
When do you typically eat dinner? A 7 p.m. dinner would get you back to the hotel by 9 p.m. — is that too late? Candidates with medical conditions; parents; candidates from particular religious groups.
Do you prefer to be picked up at the airport by a committee member or would you prefer to secure an uber, lyft, or taxicab? Candidates with medical conditions that require medication to fly; candidates from lower socio-economic statuses; gender diverse candidates.
Would you like to meet with a specialist in our benefits office? Candidates with medical conditions or with families; candidates from lower socio-economic statuses.
Do you need a pet-friendly hotel and/or accommodations for a support animal?

Candidates with service animals or other support pets. 

Sources: Moore, K. (2019). Inclusive Interviewing. Dept. of Engineering, University of Buffalo. 

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