Folks who do hiring, what do you think of adopting the following question in future interviews?

“Evidence suggests that teams that include a variety of perspectives and backgrounds will often produce more creative solutions and catch mistakes earlier. What background or experiences do you bring that will help broaden the perspective of our team?”

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Please give me detailed information on all of the people on your team along with their backgrounds and perspectives. I’ll let you know if I hear of a background or perspective I have that they don’t

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What kinds of answers would you hope to get to this question that would make your hiring decisions better?

This could be a good late stage question—since the candidate needs to have an understanding of the role and the team first in order to share insights into how they add new dimensions and perspectives. Otherwise it is too generic to be useful.

I think it could fall into the ‘diversity of thinking’ trap. I wouldn’t use it.

Your leading to the answer you desire. Don’t build it up

I'm a women in tech and typically get read as trans during interviews. If you ask this and your team is predominantly white, cis, and male, my first thought will be that I'm a token diversity hire and none of my concerns regarding D&I will be taken seriously.

I would rather you talk about how your team utilizes diversity and give examples of different perspectives that you valued.

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