the Week of November 18, 2014
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In this issue, we talk about hiring diverse teams. New articles on the problem with technical interviews, the mythologies behind “hiring the best,” and how hiring processes build tech’s homogeneous culture. We explore the politics of support roles in the workplace, the barriers to internships in tech, and how Black people and Latinxs are left out of tech hiring. Plus, practical tips for improving your hiring processes, from job postings to internal policies. Photo CC-BY Scott Akerman, filtered.

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25 Tips for Diverse Hiring

Addressing hiring holistically.

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How Black People and Latinxs Are Left Out of Tech Hiring

Having more white women attendees at a conference this year than last is hardly diverse, and hardly a reason to celebrate diversity when Black people and Latinxs still make up only 5% of people in tech.

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You Say You Want Diversity, But We Can’t Even Get Internships

Most “get into tech” programs are only accessible to computer science students and rich people. The rest of us are left behind.

by Anna
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Learning the Rules: Empathy and Enforcement

On project teams and in workplace culture, enforcer roles fall to women regardless of their job titles.

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We Hire The Best

The tech industry prides itself on its rationality, and yet is filled with trite slogans that are demonstrably untrue... and further, harmful.

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Technical Interviews Are Bullshit

I don’t want to be on an engineering team with people who were primarily chosen by their ability to write code on a whiteboard.

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The Top 10 (%) Tech Rules

Every step along the way, exclusionary hurdles are introduced to limit the candidate pool.

This issue is made possible in part by some of our generous readers: Matt Enright, Jacqui ChengPatrick Thomson, Brad Grzesiak, Christian Müller, Mike Hall, Shannon McCoyJohn Wilbanks, Matthew Hooker and Mx A. Matienzo.