Lengthy technical interview processes frustrate tech workers and can impact one’s mental health. From high-pressure whiteboard coding that feels more like a Broadway audition, to reciting encyclopedic knowledge found in computer science textbooks, it is no secret that technical interviews are broken. While these practices are well-known, benefit tech companies, and are widely criticized, the deleterious effects they have on tech workers have gone unrecognized. Unnecessarily difficult technical interviews can create imposter syndrome which can cause new mental health issues and exacerbate existing ones. Long-term, this can affect productivity, morale, retention, and drive people to abandon their tech careers or even halt prospective careers before they’ve begun.
It’s time to refactor tech hiring.