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"Heard of a cool tech-bro-weeding interview technique the other day. A male and female engineer conduct the interview session together. If, when the female engineer asks the candidate a question, he directs his answer to the male engineer,then he's out.They said it happens a lot"

@jwildeboer this fails when the male interviewer is writing notes as the female posits questions as you'll always look at the writer when answering.

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Thanks! I'm including this tool in my interview kit 😎

@jwildeboer I first read "bro-wedding" and that was a bit weird. Having properly read it, it works better (and it's cool).

@jwildeboer I'd also make sure the female is the one looking at the candidate while asking the question because if she's looking away it might confuse a socially awkward non-bro and goodness knows us coder types are socially awkward.

@proxeus @jwildeboer see, I'd be genuinely confused by that. Who am I supposed to look at now? Probably the last one who asked a question. But what if they're looking away? Should I direct it at the person still looking at me?

That's the kind of stuff that run through my head the whole time.

@polychrome @proxeus Well that’s quite some overthinking IMHO. And not really the point here. The point is that when a candidate turns to the male interviewer by default, ignoring the female interviewer, it’s a pretty good sign of things to come.

@jwildeboer @polychrome I know what you're hinting at but that's not the case. I've been into many job interviews and trust me I know how it works. They want you to speak to both because that indicates you can include everyone in your group, which makes you an assertive type of person which is what they are looking for.

It sounds convoluted but it's not.

It doesn't have anything to do with feminism and it doesn't matter if you talk to the woman only instead of the man. They just want you to be assertive and look to both.

@polychrome @jwildeboer I would certainly be looking to an indeterminate point on the back of the room the whole time, a job interview is stressing enough to also have to look people on the eyes

@polychrome @jwildeboer A lot of those techniques for sorting out sexist men work remarkedly well on the socially awkward. Eye contact in particular is a problem for some people.

@besserwisser This is not limited to sexism. I dare say not even close. This observation points to behaviour that might be negative in the workplace. It simply checks if you address the person asking the question or direct your attention to someone else.

@jwildeboer And that fucks people over who don't intend to be rude but are simply bad with that kind of stuff. It would just be nice if people would be more accepting of things like that.

@besserwisser That's your assumption IMHO, that in a technical interview the team is unable to deal with such things.

@jwildeboer I only have to go on with what was said here. And I doubt they would worry too much intent rather then whether the person fits what they want. Unless they take special care, they won't want a socially awkward candidate. Which they are likely only to do if he has a clinical diagnosis and even then only if they have company policies for that kind of thing.

@besserwisser I can only speak for teh company I work for, Red Hat. And I can tell you that we get training on these topics. "Socially awkward" can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But respecting the person you interview with all his/her/their talents is key for us. And if we find something to be out of line, we will always try to discuss and give feedback on that. Listening isn't limited to words.

@jwildeboer Fine, I might apply then. We'll see how it works.
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