Search committees should use standardized interview questions for all candidates. If other groups are interviewing candidates on campus, search committees should ensure that other groups are using standardized questions as well.
Questions should be behaviorally based. Search committees and others should not ask questions pertaining to a protected status. The most common illegal questions include questions about children and marriage, religion, disability/health, and sexual orientation.
Search committees should ask all candidates about their experience working with diverse populations or working toward equity and inclusion. The “diversity” question should not be asked by search committee members who are visibly marked as marginalized.
The answer to diversity-based competency should be taken into account just like all other competencies when making recommendations. We encourage search committees to discuss what an exceptional answer to these questions looks like.