On a competency-based application form for a civil service job I am asked:
Please give an example of how you have encouraged diversity, equality and inclusion
What do you think this means? What are they looking for?
One interpretation is that they are looking for evidence that I have worked successfully with a diverse group of people. I have worked with a diverse group of people in terms of age, experience, socio-economic background, nationality, ethnicity, disability, etc. - but surely this is true of everyone? And, anyway, it seems a bit crass to say something along the lines of "I once worked with an 80-year-old man". This would also seem not to be "encouraging" diversity...
So another interpretation is that they are looking for evidence that I have actively encouraged recruitment from under-represented groups by being involved some sort of outreach or recruitment campaign.
What do you think?
I have seen the competency framework, but I can't quite match that up with the question they are asking, particularly the "encouraging" part.
Perhaps I am overthinking it.
What are your thoughts?