- How active are these groups?
- Does the company sponsor these groups?
- Do they meet on company time?
Ask for information and examples that show how company decision-makers value diversity, such as:
- Does the diversity department influence decisions made by the company?
- How has diversity been promoted within the company?
- How has the CEO made diversity a top priority on the agenda?
Find out about the demographic make-up of the company to see how well your ethnicity is represented, given responsibility, and promoted. For example, you may want to ask:
- How many Hispanics are on the board of directors?
- How many Hispanics are in management or executive roles?
- Of those Hispanics in managerial roles, can you give me some examples of their career paths through the company?
Ask how your cultural knowledge and language abilities would be used in your new position. This not only provides useful information for you but also reinforces your specialized skills in the mind of the interviewer. You can ask questions like:
- Will I be dealing directly with clients who prefer to converse in Spanish?
- Will I be working on strategies to build a new client base in the Hispanic community?
- Will I be leading a group of workers whose primary language is Spanish?
- Will I be using my multicultural experience to expand company operations in Latin America?