The Interview Access Gap for Black Engineers


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About the Report

In 2020, 64 percent of software engineers in the United States were White, while just six percent were Black or African American. Despite decades of DEI initiatives and promises, the world of tech is simply not moving the needle fast enough.

One reason is the interview access gap for Black engineers. This gap exists because of systemic inequity in education and structural barriers in tech. The gap amplifies interview anxiety and plants the seeds of imposter syndrome.

The good news is that practice interviews are helping Black computer science students close the gap. However, the onus to close the gap can’t fall entirely on Black engineers. Technical hiring must evolve. This report quantifies the interview access gap and identifies three areas where organizations can make meaningful and immediate changes.

The four advantages of the Interviewing Cloud

On demand interviews

Our highly-skilled Interview Engineers are available 24/7 to provide candidate scheduling flexibility, while also being able to support unexpected day-to-day needs for employees involved in the hiring process

Consistent interview content and structured scoring

We focus on providing consistency through battle-tested content that has been validated for fairness, along with developing objective scoring rubrics that focus on needed competencies for the role

Strong, clear hiring and talent signal

Karat produces recommendations that provide a clearer sense of how strongly a candidate will perform relative to your talent bar and to other candidates

Fair and equitable hiring

Karat’s structured interview process, consistency, and content neutralize the systemic bias through consistency measures that ensure an interviewer’s style won’t impact a candidate’s performance

“Karat’s Interviewing Cloud has been a game-changer for us. We’ve gotten back over 25,000 hours of developer time that we’re able to spend innovating and building products.”

Joseph Sirosh, CTO at Compass