Mike Malm
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Had a zoom interview where out of 5 interviewers, only one was visible besides myself. Each asked different work related questions, which is customary. Then came the question,,, "Tell us an example where you have encountered diversity in the work place". Well I froze. This type of question, in my mind was dangerous. Were they testing my wokeness? Were they inquiring of my acceptance of LGBTQ, or my feelings pertaining to people who identify as other than male or female? IN retrospect, I should have asked them, one of them to phrase the question differently. I should have asked. "In what capacity do you mean? Are we speaking to collaborations with different vendors? Different business groups within this company I would be communicating on a daily basis? Did they mean working with cross functional teams?" Or were they testing me to feel out my beliefs or prejudices? I opted for defining my experience with peers, co-workers and cross functional teams as they relate to my business practices of I am a customer to the design engineering group and my customers are the tooling, IE, quality and eventually the shop floor. How does one with many years of experience, focused on just doing business to the best of their ability and following company guidelines, understand what this new interview question is supposed to mean?

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I think you did a great job answering that question. There's always difficult and unexpected questions coming up during interviews. I don't think they are looking for the best answer, but really trying to learn more about who you are and how you'd react to different scenarios.

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Kathleen Drossel

Uh, Anyone who is commenting about $25 or $30 work at home jobs’s full of baloney. Please don’t fall for the scam

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malik brunson

Should have asked the individual to go into details, like what's they're definition of diversity.

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June Charles

They wanted to know how you view diversity as it relates to your job. It is not a new view. Some co-workers may be physically challenged in some way or a Veteran with PTSD, etc. so you would consider that when making presentations, etc. It is just being mindful of everyone and seeing them as you see yourself.🙂 Someone May be different than you or me, but they are human beings and need to be re of Ed and treated as such.

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Beth Fiedler

I have worked with diverse groups and also helped to publish controversial topics. But I also like to point out that veterans have a high rate of unemployment along with disabled and seniors. In other words, diversity is not about one race or socioeconomic status, it is about employment opportunity across the board.

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Julie Griffith

Times have changed. I had an interview and felt like I was almost a criminal. I was honest and interviewed well. Though I was more than qualified I was not hired. 2 weeks later this company's HR contacted me and said they changed their mind and offered me the job. Needless to say I declined the position. When I was asked why I explained that I was an amazing loyal employee and expected the same from my employer. This stunned the HR manager who profusely apologized. Companies are starting to get a clue, not everyone wants to work and the employee pool is the size of a child's plastic one.

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Darrnell Fairey

Wow the something happened to my wife but they asked to print a check off and deposit It into her bank.

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Torie Miley

Let's face it! I haven't squeezed back into my business suit and pumps yet, but I'll give it a try. I think you over analyzed the question. Diversity is all about how you look at shades of skin and if it influences how you work and make decisions with others.

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Harriet Hill

I believe what an employer means about ‘diversity’ has to do with acceptance and inclusions of all people regardless of their background, social or economic status, regardless of their age or preferred gender, regardless of their belief system, regardless of what or who they may look like to you. Some of the greatest treasures are discovered inside of people who don’t look like much. No matter your personal opinion of someone, would you be able to put those feelings aside and work with them as an individual without prejudice? Corporations thrive on input and output and not how we personally feel about a person’s choice of whomever they chose to be or not to be or what they may look like or who they may be connected to or what kind of car do they drive or whether or not they speak the King’s English. Companies want to know whether or not you have the capacity to accept everyone and treat them with respect aside from your option of them. Are you capable of being fair, kind, and considerate to everyone equally? Do you prejudge based on your limited understanding. Do you treat people based on what you may think of them to be? Will you deprive someone of opportunities to advancement because of their beliefs or their lifestyle? Will you allow others to be true to their own nature even if you oppose? Are you able to accept the fact that people come from all walks of life? What may be true for you may not be true for them. How would you react to a person who doesn’t look like you, talk like you, or share your same views? Are you open-minded or close-minded? Diversity is an asset to any company. People with different backgrounds viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged. Companies do not want everyone to be the same, it prevents growth potential for the business. The more the diversity, the better the product or performance. Greater tank thinking. Greater and quicker resolutions to issues. Greater creativity. Greater opportunities to beat competition. Greater market values. Greater target markets. Increased understandings. Companies need to know, would you acknowledge a person based on their talents or based on whether or not you like them as a person or their belief system or how they dress? Companies are seeking out people with potential irregardless of their background, beliefs, or what they may look like to you. Can you handle that? It doesn’t matter whether they appear to have it all together or not. In the grand scheme of things, everyone has value. The company decides what values works best for them. If you cannot be open-minded or flexible, then you probably will not be a good fit for the job. A person’s unwillingness of not being able to accept people for who they are will get in the new way of conducting business. Therefore companies want to know upfront, do you have an understanding about diversity and how do you feel about it?

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Rashedur Roni

I think it's an old traditional way of taking an interview....haha

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