HERC Webinar: Asking the Right Questions: Crafting Inclusive Interviews

When:  Oct 26, 2022 from 10:00:00 AM to 11:00:00 AM (PT)
Associated with  Global HERC Community
Questions for staff and faculty candidates are like family heirlooms – each committee takes the questions from the most recent search, adds a few tweaks, and fires away. Rarely do committees start with the hiring criteria they have outlined in the job description and focus on finding information relative to those criteria. Questions are redundant, can provide advantages to some candidates, and create opportunities for pre-held preferences and biases. In this interactive session, we discuss principles for developing interview questions, share illustrative examples of flawed common questions, and suggest inclusive alternative questions.

• Audience will be able to identify a process for developing diagnostic interview questions.
• Audience will gain awareness of how common interview questions can leave the door open for bias.
• Audience will walk away with specific examples of how to create a welcoming interview environment through interview questions.

• Camille Johnson. Professor of Management, Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, San Jose State University
• Moderator: Meredith G. Bruner. Greater Kentucky HERC Regional Director and HR Operations Manager at Centre College


Dr. Camille Johnson is a professor of management in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. She has previously served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Success in the College of Social Sciences, Acting Director of the School of Management, Chief Operations Manager to the Provost, Director of Accreditation for the College of Business, and Chair of the University WASC Accreditation Committee. She has been on the faculty at SJSU since 2007.

A member of the ACE Women's Network -Northern California since 2018, Dr. Johnson has served as State Chair since 2020. Through partnerships with HERC, the National Postdoctoral Association, and the ACE Women's Network - Southern California, she has created and conducted workshops for rising women leaders in higher education.

She has a B.A. in psychology from Carleton College, an M.A. in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the Ohio State University, with a minor in quantitative psychology. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  She has published in the top journals in social psychology and her research interests include first-generation college student performance, social comparison, and interracial interactions. She recently published an analysis of women’s representation in academic conferences.

Meredith Bruner
is the Human Resources Operations Manager at Centre College and the Regional Director of the Greater Kentucky Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. Meredith also serves as the Vice President of the Central Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management (CKSHRM) and serves on the board of the Kentucky Chapter of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (KYCUPA-HR). Prior to joining Centre College, Meredith served as the treasurer and benefits specialist for Grant County Board of Education and the benefits specialist and HR generalist for Provident Bank. Meredith is a 2000 graduate of the University of the Cumberlands with a B.A in Business Administration with an emphasis in management and a minor in psychology.