“Hiring copies” is of course code for “people like us”. Which has a boat load of associations and implications. As the U.S. Is deeply segregated — and the Bay Area hyper segregated — these copies will of course be white guys and some white gals. If you’re black get back.
When a white hiring manager sits down across the interview table from a black/female software engineer applicant this is typically the first time they have had the pleasure — actually discomfort — of this kind of interaction. They have never had a technical discussion with their intellectual equal who was black/female.
Until the HUGE fundamental underlying issue of steadily metastasizing racial segregation is addressed this interview will NEVER go well.
I’ve been there, baby.