When hiring for SRE roles interviewers need to test candidates for breadth and depth of knowledge, for communication capabilities, and technical and cultural aspects. And this doesn't even cover all of the role requirements. Interviewing for SRE roles is hard. Choosing interview questions that are inclusive instead of hiring one-kind-only people requires interviewers to be aware of what an interview question is really resting for. Given how far we as an industry are still behind DEI goals Dan likes to propose a talk that highlights a critical point within the hiring pipeline: the interview. He will take a popular, but non-inclusive interview question and will demonstrate how it isn't a great question after all.
This talk will look like a technical talk at the first glance. And it will be extremely, ridiculously technical deep at times. This is to show how the interview question at hand has a myriad of correct answers. And then mention all the topics we have no time to dive into. Just to move on to the next correct answer, again diving speaker-embarrassingly deep into the tech just to highlight how this isn't even scratching the surface. As long as the interviewer isn't a super-human (the speaker certainly isn't) knowing all things tech, physics, quantum (the speaker certainly doesn't!) any interviewer will fail to fairly assess candidates' answer to this still popular interview question.
This talk will be entertaining, occasionally deeply technical (just for a minute at a time, though), then broad again. After a few iterations, the point should be obvious to technical and non-technical audience members alike. Dan will then provide concluding examples of inclusive, skill-over-knowledge testing interview questions that ensure we remain open to people with diverse backgrounds.