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Odder  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why I think the tech interview process is broken – Medium

I think privilege is important, but not in the immediate sense. If you are using your connections to get the same job you might have gotten by padding your resume or memorizing the tech interview quiz, that's not going around the corner, that's more like getting pulled through the little door. You're still in the same place. In a sense, all of the networking strategies are just another game, the same as interview strategies. It's just that that's a game that isn't accessible to many people with less privilege.

If I remember correctly, SpaceX has a spot on their job application for something like "show us something cool that you've worked on in the past." That's trying to get at the idea of "going around the corner" and finding people who are creative, who candemostrate that they can function in an environment where there isn't a set of instructions to follow. That's not something that you get to do if you're barely surviving. There's privilege in having had the opportunity to be creative in the past, and those who have had more opportunities are in many ways more valuable to companies than those who have not had the same opportunities. The problem is that it's virtually impossible to distinguish between people who have never had opportunities and those who just never took the opportunities that were presented to them.




kleinbl00  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    If you are using your connections to get the same job you might have gotten by padding your resume or memorizing the tech interview quiz, that's not going around the corner, that's more like getting pulled through the little door.

It's not the same job.

I've worked at companies where employees are paid bounties for finding good candidates for future employment, regardless of whether there's an open position. Every company I've worked at, we've hired people with no positions advertised anywhere. Of the four "real" post-college jobs I held, only one of them existed before I popped up as a candidate.

I know two people who work at SpaceX and one person who works for SpaceX. The two who work at were at Blue Origin and decided they wanted to head south; the one who works for was a recommendation from a friend who was too busy for the gig. None of them interviewed.

rjw  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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