Diversity and inclusion are celebrated topics at LinkedIn, and the interviewer would like to know that you share this mindset. LinkedIn's three primary points when it comes to diversity and inclusion include:
- Encouraging authenticity. LinkedIn employees are inspired to transform themselves, their company and the world. LinkedIn believes that when the company empowers their employees, great things happen. They also have employee resource groups, including Black Inclusion Group (BIG), EnableIn for those with disabilities, Hispanics of LinkedIn Alliance (HOLA), LinkedIn Engagement and Development Program (LEAD) to attract top talent in the African American and Latino communities, Out@In, Veterans, Women at LinkedIn (W@LI), Women's Initiative (WiN), and Women in Tech (WIT).
- Investing in talent. LinkedIn sponsors effective leadership programs focused on developing the next generation of leadership talent among women and under-represented groups.
- Thinking differently about hiring. LinkedIn has Accelerate U, a program meant to reach a much broader range of smart, capable students who have the potential to thrive at LinkedIn. They also have REACH, which brings software engineers from non-traditional tech backgrounds to apprentice at LinkedIn for six months. The first REACH group included an Army veteran, a professional poker player, a recruiter, a nonprofit founder, a dietician, a teacher, and a call center account manager. LinkedIn also hosts Open Mic nights, a networking or recruiting event.
Share with the interviewer the ways that you celebrate diversity and inclusion.
"As a visible minority myself, I make a conscious effort to include others in learning about my unique culture. Also, I am broad-minded with it comes to the needs and differences of others. Diversity to me is not simply a matter of culture but also of gender identity, age, and more. I am conscious of being sensitive to others in every action that I take in the workplace."
"I appreciate the open and transparent effort that LinkedIn makes when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and greatly appreciate the employee resource groups you have put in place. I embrace those different from me and utilize those differences as learning opportunities. I am sensitive to the needs of others and empathetic to the fact that everyone walks a different path, whether that be related to gender identity, sexual orientation, heritage, and more."