In Boomer Ville, you got a job by knocking on a random company’s office, asking to speak the manager, and shaking hands with a firm grip. In contrast, in today’s world you need to succeed against an increasingly less competent field of competitors. Yet, these people nowadays often play the role of gatekeepers. Before you even get to talk to anybody remotely competent, you have to make it through a recruiter who screens your CV as well as an initial HR screening interview to check whether you pledged allegiance to the fag flag.
A few months ago I thought I should apply to a few jobs, just to keep my interviewing skills sharps and learn about current fads in hiring. The fastest way to learn that is simply by submitting your CV and talking to a pink-haired recruiter who may ask you what concrete steps you have recently undertaken to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion at your current employer (I was asked this very question once). I explained to them that my middle name is not “Sleazy” but “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”, and that I always go the extra mile when it comes to interviewing clearly unqualified candidates (because I love to see them struggle with a simple for-loop).
One company I considered sending my CV to made me fill out a separate form, which is always a negative. Just like there are women who make you jump through ridiculous hoops instead of putting out, so are there companies who may want you to create an account for their “talent platform” or answer a few general questions. I would not even bother with this if I was really interested in a particular position. Anyway, the form I was asked to fill in had the following section:
This is not a joke. The company in question has a market capitalization of over $10bn. They have not made a profit in years (go figure!) but despite their questionable economic outlook, with growth that has been fueled by cheap money, they think it is most important to tell prospective applicants straight away that they don’t really care so much about making money and staying in business. No, the most important thing is that they use your arbitrary set of pronouns. For a moment I considered submitting “custom” pronouns, but those pink-haired types tend to be very vindictive and lack all sense of humor. You need to toe the line. Perhaps you could get away with asking to be referred to as “xie/xem”, but something fully made up probably gets your application binned right away.
In the end, I did not apply to this company as their form told me far more that I needed to know. Interview practice is well and good, but why subject yourself to more woke garbage than is currently the norm? There is hope that the ongoing wave of layoffs in tech will restore some sanity, seeing that a fair number of “diversity & inclusion officers” have recently found themselves to be without a job.