6 ways to shoot yourself in the foot (if you're trying to hire technical women)

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Are you trying to create more diverse software teams by hiring women? Here are six things NOT to do during the recruiting and interviewing process.

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6 ways to shoot yourself in the foot (if you're trying to hire technical women)

  1. 1. 6  ways  to  shoot   yourself  in  the  foot     if  you’re  trying  to  hire  technical  women     Karen  Catlin   Developing  powerful  women  leaders  in  the  tech  industry     www.karencatlin.com   @kecatlin     ©  2014  by  Karen  Catlin.  All  rights  reserved.  
  2. 2. 1.  Use  masculine  words   in  job  descrip<ons   Lots  of  tech  companies   are  looking  for   him,   a  guy,     a  right-­‐hand  man,   a  cra4sman,     a  quarterback       Image  courtesy  of  graur  razvan  ionut  /  FreeDigitalPhotos.net  
  3. 3. •  He  evangelizes  soluDons  and  best   pracDces...     •  If  you  are  an  IT  guy…   •  If  you  are  the  kind  of  person  who   manages  his  music  collecDon  on  a  Hadoop   cluster...     •  We  need  5  guys  for  a  project.   •  Looking  for  a  sharp  young  up  and  coming   guy  who  can  be  his  right  hand  man.       More  at  techcompaniesthatonlyhiremen.tumblr.com    
  4. 4. 2.  Show  only  the  bro’s   on  your  careers  page   What  does  your  web  site  say  about   your  team?   Image  courtesy  of  photostock  /  FreeDigitalPhotos.net  
  5. 5. 3.  Rely  on  employee  referrals   as  your  primary  way  to  find  candidates   Similar  educa<on   Similar  work   experience   Same  gender     Referrals  lead  to   Homogeneity—NOT   Diversity   Image  courtesy  of  cooldesign  /  FreeDigitalPhotos.net  
  6. 6. 4.  Require  open  source  work   when  it’s  not  really  required   <2%  of  open  source   developers  are   women   Image  courtesy  of  cooldesign  /  FreeDigitalPhotos.net  
  7. 7. 5.  Have  all-­‐male  interview  teams   leaving  female  candidates  to  wonder  “Where  are  the  women?”   To  envision  success,   candidates  want  to   see  others  like   themselves   Image  courtesy  of  sa@va  /  FreeDigitalPhotos.net  
  8. 8. 6.  Lower  the  bar  for  women   with  easier  interview  ques<ons   What  message  are   you  trying  to  send?   Image  courtesy  of  David  CasBllo  Dominici  /  FreeDigitalPhotos.net  
  9. 9. So,  if  you  *don’t*  want  to  hire  more   women…   Use  masculine  words   Show  only  the  bro’s   Rely  on  employee  referrals   Require  open  source   Have  all-­‐male  interview  teams   Lower  the  bar  for  women  
  10. 10. Want  to  make  sure  you’re  attracting   and  retaining  female  tech  talent?     Get  in  touch!     Karen  Catlin   www.karencatlin.com   @kecatlin       ©  2014  by  Karen  Catlin.  All  rights  reserved.  

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