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Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Recruiting Initiatives

At GitLab, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging is infused into our company culture, from our values to our all-remote way of working. The GitLab Recruiting team partners closely with our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging team to ensure we’re building a diverse and inclusive workforce around the globe as the company continues to grow.

Talent Brand Initiatives

Spotlighting GitLab team members

Our goal is to tell the story of what it's like to work at GitLab through our people. We'll do this through blogs, videos, social media, and other platforms. By sharing these stories, we're able to highlight the diversity of our team in an authentic way.

Employer and Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging awards

One of the ways we raise awareness about life at GitLab is by applying for employer awards. These award programs are typically run by third-party organizations or media outlets. A number of the awards we've applied for (or will apply for in the future) are specifically focused on recognizing companies that are diverse and inclusive employers.

Initiatives we’re exploring

Sourcing Initiatives

Sourcing for Underrepresented Groups

With our outbound recruiting model, the Recruiting team is able to focus on sourcing the most talented candidates for GitLab’s open roles. This will allow us to continue to build a diverse team as we grow.

Diversity sourcing training

The Recruiting team is providing additional training on Diversity Sourcing and Recruiting best practices to all GitLab team members.

SURG initiative

The Recruiting team collaborates on sourcing underrepresented candidates for four of our highest priority roles on a monthly cadence as part of the Sourcing Underrepresented Groups (SURG) initiative. This initiative fosters and opportunity for the entire recruiting team to collaborate together and source candidates for roles they may not typically recruit for. The SURG initiative is seen as an additional effort alongside our usual sourcing activities. You can follow our progress in the #SURG slack channel.

Hiring Initiatives

Inclusive interviewing

We are building an inclusive workforce to support every demographic. One major component is ensuring our hiring team is fully equipped with the skills necessary to connect with candidates from every background. We strive to have a hiring team that is well-versed in every aspect of diversity, inclusion and cultural competence. We are helping the unconscious become conscious. Our number one priority is a comfortable and positive candidate experience. Our interviewing guide describes how you can request an adjustment to your interview process.

Inclusive language in Recruitment

We want all prospective candidates, including those from underrepresented groups to have a sense of belonging at GitLab. Inclusive language helps build a sense of belonging and does not alienate underrepresented groups. Written communication that does not use biased language, but is instead neutral, will help increase response rates and levels of interest in GitLab from people in underrepresented groups.

Speaking with ERG members in the hiring process

During our hiring process, there's an optional step where candidates can request to meet with a team member from one of our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Candidates can request this at any time throughout the process, and we will also proactively offer this to a candidate when they reach the reference check stage. Whether or not the candidate decides to take us up on this offer will have no impact on our overall hiring decision.

When a candidate requests to meet with an ERG team member, their Recruiter or Candidate Experience Specialist will share a message in the respective ERG Slack channel. To aide with scheduling, the message will include the candidate’s time zone and a request for volunteers who would be willing to speak to that person for a 25-minute Zoom call. Once a volunteer has been found the Recruiter or Candidate Experience Specialist will share the ERG members’ Calendly link, GitLab team page profile, and request the candidate book in a 25-minute call with the GitLab team member.

As a GitLab team member taking part in these calls, we advise you to start with a short introduction to you and your role here at GitLab. From here, we advise you to let the candidate lead the conversation as the goal is for you to answer their questions and offer insight into how we work.

These calls don’t require you to submit a scorecard in Greenhouse. If a candidate mentions something that you see as a red flag (e.g. they outline a past action of theirs that goes against our values) or share something that would help us set them up for success, we advise you to share the details of this with the hiring manager for the role they’re interviewing for. It will be the responsibility of the hiring manager to review this and decide whether we need to alter the hiring or offer process for the candidate.

Return to the Main Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Page

For a full overview of GitLab's diversity, inclusion and belonging initatives, please return to the main page.

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