Hidden racism and bias in interviews

Apple beffjezous
Jun 26 35 Comments

We all know that interviews are like a black box; you walk in, and walk out not knowing what exactly will happen. Through out my career, I’ve conducted 100’s of interviews ranging from horrible people that I have no idea how they got into the onsite loop who get hired, to amazingly talented people with great personalities and collaboration skills that get rejected. Even the author of crack the coding interview, confessed in her book about rejecting people
- one guy had a sweaty hands and she didn’t like that (she should be sued to be honest).
- one guy got rejected because he had a tongue piercing, and it sounded horrible when he spoke.
I am sure she rejected 100’s of people just based on her conscious or unconscious bias (more of the latter).
I feel sick when I see a great candidate getting rejected under the vale of “not being a cultural fit”, when it was purely a racism/bias from the interviewer. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to proof such a case in the court of law. I’ve seen it happen a lot to great people, getting rejected at great companies, after having a marvelous round of interviews (myself and some other interviewers get so surprised when we hear of the rejection).
I honestly feel that the interview process needs to be transformed completely, literally. Interviewers should be challenged when the reject/accept a candidate and proof their case, interviews should be videotaped and shares with HR and candidates (after signing an NDA not to share it publicly). Hiring managers have absolute power to reject someone, and i’ve seen it happen A LOT!, just to hire someone from their country who is a mediocre, or just to get their friend through. It is more corrupt than you guys can ever imagine. Talent is talent, whether it’s white, african, asian, etc.

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TOP 35 Comments
  • Facebook realzuck
    Nothing wrong with bias in interviews. If u don’t want to work with someone u should have the right to reject them.
    Jun 26 4
    • Apple beffjezous
      OP
      That’s fucked up, what if you are a fucked up, nearly socially autistic and accept only people like you, should the whole company be like you? I’m not attacking you, i’m just giving an example...
      Jun 26
    • Apple beffjezous
      OP
      I used to think like that btw. Unless the candidate is rude, doesn’t listen to feedback, arrogant, etc., you liking him/her as a person should never be a reason to reject them.
      Jun 26
    • Apple magikarp16
      No you don’t have the right to reject them. You have the freedom express your opinions and to leave yourself.
      Jun 26
    • Cadence mp12
      Seriously!? a lot of biases are illegal, so you'd be breaking the law.
      Jun 26
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    • Calling bs on this one. How would you know the interviewer wrote 'he doesn't look smart' in his feedback? I doubt he or the recruiter would tell you. Moreover, even if this really would have been the actual reason for you being rejected, it would have never made it onto the feedback form. So please, go invent a different story.
      Jun 26
    • DoubleVerify Karius123
      How do you know what they wrote in their feedback forms ?
      Jun 26
    • DoubleVerify Karius123
      What happened next- awkward silence and then end of the feedback share ? Interview with another team since the interviewer clearly had decided not to approve no matter how the interview went ?
      Jun 26
    • Sizmek Ba74!-?-
      How many individual interviews conducted by people from western/Southern Europe do you have feedback from (to say you failed them)? Of those, how many do you believe you should have failed due to your performance? What about the same stats for other interviews?
      Jun 26
  • Booking.com / Other
    ɐᴉpǝdxƎ

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    ɐᴉpǝdxƎmore
    Sounds like you need a detox. Stop interviewing for a while.
    Jun 26 0
  • Booking.com B.uzzz
    There is a lot of bias in interviews. With even having strong technical backgrounds people get rejected. What's not right is then to portray a picture as if there is lack of talent from a given race or gender. I had one interview where the interviewer was so uncomfortable that he didn't even look me in the eye during the interview. That was so messed up!
    Jun 26 7
    • Booking.com / Other
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      ɐᴉpǝdxƎmore
      You are assuming they will be under high pressure. Some people are so good at their job, they right out of things to do.
      Jun 26
    • Dropbox drl/
      Smell bullsh*t
      Jun 26
    • Booking.com / Other
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      @drl/ if you smell shit, maybe because you didn't wipe your ass 🤪
      Jun 26
    • Dropbox drl/
      @booking....why would i when i have your mom here to do it for me. 💘
      Jun 26
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      Oh, how cute with the mom jokes, are you still in high school?
      Jun 26
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    • Apple beffjezous
      OP
      That’s what I was saying in the article, candidates with great technical background, amazing skills, and great communication and collaboration
      Jun 26
  • Dropbox drl/
    Many interviewers are on a power trip when rejecting candidates. It's almost satisfying to them to practice some form of racism/discrimination to deny a candidate an opportunity. I would love to see more honesty in the tech industry. POTUS is transparent. That is why i have a certain level of respect for him.
    Jun 26 1
    • LinkedIn swifto
      POTUS lies like it's nobody's business. How is being a complete liar, make one transparent??
      Jun 26
  • New / Eng SharmaG
    There is a lot of bias in the interviews. That's why it is good to apply to a bunch of companies and see where the cards fall.

    This bias extends to performance reviews as well. No matter what the performance, people judge you via their own world view.
    Jun 26 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Tech skills alone are not enough. You need to fit the culture. You’re underestimating the value of the culture
    Jun 26 0
  • Gap / Eng randUser
    Plenty of people can be smart but weird or arrogant or simply someone you don't want to work with everyday.
    Jun 26 0
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    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      I want to work for Victoria secrets
      Jun 26
  • Dropbox drl/
    Racism and unfair treatment has been happening for hundreds of years. People suck. They have to have an advantage in order to compete. Just the way things are. My only gripes are not being more transparent to candidates about things like this. If you don't want a certain group of people working in your business, just be honest and say it. Don't promote diversity and lies like pipeline shortage when you know you wouldn't hire if there was a surplus. Pretty simple to me. But, even something like honesty is rare these days. People are shit for the most part.
    Jun 26 1
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      It doesn’t work like that. As an owner you don’t care for the race of your employers, but you can’t control every employees action. A particular hiring manager may be a racist, and it’s not easy to correct their behavior. I’m sure you own a piece of many firms through stock market, but how much control you have over the employees? Almost none
      Jun 26
  • Nvidia meteor2020
    SJW walks in to the interview room, asks you to explain exactly how your company culture is going to make them feel safe being themselves.

    What do you do?
    Jun 26 2
  • Crew aXFh35
    Everyone is bias whether intentionally or not. This is why you can't get too hung up on getting rejected after an interview. The reason you weren't extended the offer are numerous so shake off the rejection and try again. You're probably better off anyway. This reasoning can probably be applied to anything in life.
    Jun 26 0
  • Nvidia meteor2020
    "Hidden racism" sounds like a SJW meeting topic
    Jun 26 0
  • Entrust Datacard notsomuch
    Cultural fit is a huge deal. If someones personality isnt a fit for a team, that is a bigger problem than skills. You can train skills, you cant change personality.
    Jun 26 0
  • Twitter
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    It’s all shitposts and jokes - get a sense of humor!
    Oomnjmore
    Talent or Coding skills are barely 50% of a successful interview
    Jun 26 0
  • ADP qQTf35
    Yes yes yes. Have never been a victim of it myself (I hope), but that’s one reason there is such a lack of diversity in some companies.
    Jun 26 0

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