Episode 09 – How Traditional Technical Interviews Impact Diversity & What Frances Did About it

Ask anyone who’s hunted for a job as a software developer what they did to prepare for their technical interviews, and they will more or less provide a similar general framework. At a high-level, we grind data structures & algo problems using some flavor of an interview prep site such as LeetCode, Hackerrank, Interview Cake, among many others. Armed with a copy of Cracking the Coding Interview at our disposal, we can even spend the majority of our evenings and weekends studying and hoping to land that dream job at our dream company. Frances Coronel, who is a racial equity advocate and former software engineer at Slack, realized the potential harm this cookie cutter interview process could really have on improving diversity for underrepresented folks in the tech industry. Seeing that there were so few members from the Latinx community in the tech ecosystem relative to the general population, she identified many holes in the tech talent pipeline and decided to land herself a role at Byteboard, a company disrupting the interviewing space. Tune into this week’s episode as she talks about her journey into tech, how the industry is doing in terms of diversity & inclusion in general, and what suggestions she has for allies who want to help address the various issues that have created this leaky pipeline.

Check out Frances’s personal site for more information about her mission!

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