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Is "culture fit" discriminatory?

Is "culture fit" discriminatory?

In theory, culture fit is a great thing to look for. Teamwork is vital, and high functioning teams produce better products. Culture fit is also more than just the do-you-get-along-well with the team. Culture fit can also be about moving rapidly, taking risks, speaking up, being creative, or not micromanaging.

You do want people who fit in well with your culture.

However, in practice, "culture fit" is often discriminatory, especially against asians, women, and older people.

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Companies who give candidates homework assignments: knock it off!

Companies who give candidates homework assignments: knock it off!

There’s a trend among start-ups (and some larger companies) that worries me: giving candidates “homework” assignments. Homework assignments lead to candidate abuse. Knock it off (or at least be reasonable). I’ve seen many friends and clients go through this. As a pre-screening round before an onsite interview, a company gives them a “homework” assignment.

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