Interview question at Stripe

Amazon amznanon
Jul 13 10 Comments

Had an interview at stripe, and one question that stumped me was: "If your hiring manager had mostly white males on their team and you were about to place another white male, and they were happy, would you pump the brakes on the placement for diversity's sake?"

Anyone at Stripe recruiting know the accepted answer for that?

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  • Cisco bring_iton
    Wtf! Was this asked for a tech interview?
    Jul 13 0
  • Amazon amznanon
    OP
    No, recruiting interview
    Jul 13 4
    • Credit Karma ckftw
      Not a recruiter but I would suggest looking at the demographics of the role in the industry and the demographics of the applicants for the job to see if there is bias at the hiring step.
      Jul 13
    • Amazon amznanon
      OP
      This isn't a question about whether there's bias or not, this is a question about the "correct" answer to a stock question
      Jul 13
    • Credit Karma ckftw
      Yes and my guess (it is a guess) is that they don’t want you to jump at “pump the breaks”, they rather want to hear an intelligent thought process around a difficult issue.

      If it was Pinterest, Airbnb, or Salesforce then maybe “pump the breaks” is the correct answer.
      Jul 13
    • Amazon amznanon
      OP
      Lol, true
      Jul 13
  • Microsoft / Eng jmb1911
    I think the correct answer is to look elsewhere for a job and stay as far away from this sickness as possible.
    Jul 13 1
    • Amazon amznanon
      OP
      Fair enough, but it's hard to get away from that in recruiting
      Jul 13
  • Nutanix 1adja134
    You can “pump the brakes” only after you have enough data to show that somehow only white males are clearing the interview bar for that team. If you as a recruiter didn’t put in enough effort to go the extra distance and find diversity candidates who might be equally talented, then you’ve failed the company’s diversity policies. That effort is what they’re looking for.
    Jul 13 0
  • Microsoft stink
    Where are the brakes ?
    Jul 14 0

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