. Have you had experience working with colleagues of a different ethnic background? What were the challenges? Benefits?

Have you had experience working with colleagues of a different ethnic background? What were the challenges? Benefits?

Question Intent
The employer is looking to see that you are comfortable working with people from different backgrounds.

Answer Tips
Although in some rare cases an individual will have few challenges in working with colleagues from a different ethnic background, it is good to acknowledge their potential existence. Talking about challenges is a good thing because it shows that you are able to persevere through conflict and remain professional. Perhaps you have experienced challenges when trying to communicate something with a co-worker from a different country. How did you resolve the misunderstanding? Furthermore, you may impress the employer by mentioning the benefits of working with a diverse group of people (e.g., multiple viewpoints, increased knowledge of cultures other than your own).