I know we’ve discussed at length on what the whole point of “diversity in tech” movement is, with most answers ultimately coming down to
1. Reducing blind spots
2. Maybe a better eye for market opportunities
3. PR BS
I certainly believe that the hiring bar should not be lower for anyone based on race or gender - when I interview candidates, these are not factors I consider (and I ask the same 3 questions to everyone anyway)
So what I’d like to know is, is there any actual bar raising / lowering going on in our industry based on diversity targets? Once I submit interview feedback, I’m not sure how the decisions are made from there.
How do you feel about this?
Disclosure: I’m a white male
TC 340K, YOE 9
It’s just complicated though ..
As a first gen Mexican, when I was doing my undergrad in college. I was the only hispanic kid in my class.
And a lot of my classmates took college classes even in highschool to stay ahead, got internships due to socioeconomic wealth, had parents pay for college, didn’t have to work part time jobs to support themselves and could focus on learning vital software skills on their free time and focus on school 100%. Etc etc. Tons of financial. Social. Socioeconomic issues play into this.
To some extent .. race shouldn’t matter .. but like. It does.
Correct me if I’m wrong but for every minority that makes it to a FAANG Interview there are 10+ white kids that get one.
And odds are the challenges/hardships minorities faced on the way there were much greater...
so .. idk. When you give a pass to a minority for a bug or something, it’s what you need to do to allow the entry of that minority base into an industry which in turn .. could possibly level out the skill level in time. Where eventually. Race doesn’t matter at all.
Just my 2 cents tho. I don’t really know.
Just my experience.