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“Tech Hiring Is Broken” Is Broken

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Nicole Tibaldi
The New York Times, Senior Engineering Manager

Nicole is a Senior Engineering Manager at The New York Times. She cares deeply about improving tech hiring, agile processes, remote work, and cross-functional relationship building. Nicole has previously worked as a frontend engineer at Tablet Hotels and Manfold.co, and as an engineering leader at CircleCI and Gatsby. Prior to her pivot to the tech industry, Nicole studied and worked as a classical musician. 


Google the phrase “Tech hiring is broken” and you’ll find roughly 21 million results. You’ll walk away from those articles with more questions than answers. Does whiteboarding really evaluate a candidate’s practical skills? How do you respect a candidate’s time? How do you avoid being exclusionary to minority groups? How do you hire junior candidates? How do you _really_ hire for culture fit? I’ve spent significant time shaping the interview process at the companies I’ve worked for, and I have learned some valuable lessons, You’ll learn about crafting an inclusive hiring process, efficiently evaluating technical skills, patterns in candidate submissions, and how your code is a reflection of culture.