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
1. Offer accessibility accommodations in your invitation for online interviews
2. Communicate in multiple modes to ensure success
3. Ask about (and offer your own) pronouns and name pronunciations
Planning an Inclusive Campus Visit
An inclusive campus visit considers how different people require different experiences to determine whether to take a job and that different bodies require different accommodations and experiences 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.
1. Plan with candidates as much as possible
2. Provide a draft for the candidate to adjust with a list of the moveable or change-able components of the campus visit itinerary
3. Share how/whether marginalized groups are overtly supported on campus
4. Offer breaks that are private
5. Communicate clearly about financial arrangements; if at all possible, have the department pay for the travel and lodging
6. Don’t touch the candidate
7. Share clothing expectations for non-interview events and dinner venues.
8. Articulate policies that may affect the candidate: tenure and promotion, merit, benefits, including medical and parental leave and sponsorship possibilities
9. Keep the candidate informed about the visit, the campus and the city.
10. Have discussions about inclusion with the committee and department
- Moore, K. (2019). "Inclusive Interviewing." Dept. of Engineering, University of Buffalo.
- Ahmed, S. (2012). "On being included: Racism and diversity in institutional life." Duke University Press.
- Sensoy, O., & Diangelo, R. (Winter 2017) "We are all for diversity, but..." Harvard Educational Review.