5 Interview Questions Global Majority People Wish They Could Ask | TIS Ep. 45

5 Interview Questions Global Majority People Wish They Could Ask | TIS Ep. 45

Episode Summary:

Interviews can be rough, especially for candidates of color. But they are a necessary part of the job search process. What a lot of candidates forget is that interviews are a two-way street: while the company is assessing you, you should also be evaluating them. That can be easier said than done, however. How *exactly* can candidates assess a potential company? Join Sharon and Lisa as they provide clarity around what red flags global majority job seekers should look out for, and what specific questions to ask when interviewing.
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3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Read what’s right in front of you: “If you walk into the interview room and nobody looks like you, that’s a dead giveaway. That’s an immediate red flag.”
  2. Read the room and read the energy: “If there is a “Who does she think she is?” kind of energy–hard pass.”
  3. Read the body language: “The body language can be very telling. The indrawn breath. The slight look of discomfort. The sideways glances between the white people on the interview panel. We’ve seen all those things. And we know that that pre-sages a space in which we will not be valued or appreciated.”

5 Juicy Quotes: 

  1. “Interview Question 2: Are the people who will be managing me actually better qualified, or do they just look the part?”
  2. “Very few Black people with zero experience are going to be given an opportunity to manage anything or anyone.”
  3. “Credentialism mixes with nepotism, and it’s a sour, rancid soup.”
  4. “How many people who look like me have been promoted? And how long did it take?”
  5. “When it comes to compensation, the ‘comp cap’ does not exist. Or at least it only exists for Black people.”

By The Numbers:

  • 0:39 – Introverts Uniting Separately segment: Sharon and Lisa catch up about all the things, including Lisa’s foray into the world of TikTok. Sharon shares about her new role as Diversity Team Lead at Omnis Education, focusing on diversity, equity, and belonging.
  • 10:05 – In Our World segment: The sisters, who have had their share of “interesting” job interviews over the years, discuss one of Sharon’s latest pieces: 20 Interview Questions I Wish I’d Been Able to Ask.