Tips for talking with your next design candidate

Growing your team is the best and the worst decision you can make for your company. Making a good hire can be like a Mario mushroom for your group’s productivity and vibe. Conversely, bringing a bad fit into your team can be dismally awful, and not easily reversed. Finding the right people at the right time is key, and interviewing candidates in-person is usually the best (and final) step in deciding on hire or no-hire.

Despite the importance of the in-person interview, there are a lot of people, and companies, that under-consider how…

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Responding to Systematic Bias

In the interview above, Sheryl Sandberg talks about compensating for systematic bias against, in this case, women.

Conceptually, I think I’ve generally favored the view that trying to make situations the most equally evaluated is the right way to address bias. After hearing her point on this though — which I don’t think I’ve ever heard so cogently articulated — I now think compensating for that bias is actually pretty important.

I also realize that part of the reason I’ve not favored that viewpoint in the past is that the idea that these systematic biases are as pervasive as…

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