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Re: How do you know if the company where you're interviewing is women-in-tech friendly?

Thank you so much to the many women (here and elsewhere) who gave me suggestions. Here’s the article! 

How to know when a company is women-in-tech friendly
Many organizations sincerely want to hire more women and grow them into leadership roles. However, most of us have also encountered “the other kind.” How can you tell the difference before you accept the job?

On May 10, 2018, at 4:16 PM, Esther Schindler <esther@bitranch.com> wrote:

I’m thinking of writing a (hopefully both fun and useful) listicle with advice from “women who have been there” for spotting companies that really mean it when they say, “We want more geek women here.”

There’s lots of articles about negative things that should scare you away. What are your POSITIVE signs that the company is welcoming to geek chicks? Let’s help other women recognize them (or highlight them to enlightened hiring managers).

These can be (and probably are) small things you notice, even when you’re interviewing. For example:
* The t-shirts they give out are available in women’s size small
* Your interview schedule includes more than one woman, and nobody thinks to point it out as exceptional
* The company benefits include on-site child care, extensive parental leave, or other family-friendly things
* They actively recruit at women-in-tech events such as the Grace Hopper conference

I’m not planning to quote anybody; it’s the takeaways that matter, not sources. The most I might do is a first-name-anecdote (“Irene once interviewed for a programming internship, where this happened…”). I’ll take hearsay too (“My friend applied for a job where…”), because again I think it’s the “good ideas” that matter rather than fact-checked attributions.

What should I include? And why would you consider that item a heartening sign?

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