As Sherin Shibu writes in PC Magazine, the process of hiring software engineers may not be as merit based as once thought. The article features Aline Lerner who co-founded Interviewing.io, a company that seeks to expand the pool of candidates for engineering roles that goes beyond those with resumes from prestigious schools.
Using mock interviews for practice, Interviewing.io works with candidates to prepare them to interview at tech companies. When candidates are ready, they move to a company interview, bypassing the review of their resume and background. This process expands the pool of candidates under consideration to include those with non-traditional backgrounds.
Does this intervention in the hiring process make it more meritocratic and expand opportunity overall? Or does it just shift the basis for hiring decisions?