A note from our co-founder
Mohit Bhende and I founded Karat to solve two big problems. Too many companies are struggling to hire the engineering talent they need to succeed, and too many talented people are not getting a fair shot at the professional opportunities they seek. We focused on transforming the interview to make the process of hiring software engineers more fair, predictive, and enjoyable.
Karat launched Brilliant Black Minds to provide interview practice, feedback, and professional development workshops to Black engineers. We also partnered with Howard University to conduct research exploring how systemic inequities in education and limited access to people who work in tech make it more difficult for talented Black engineers to get great jobs. We examined factors that contribute to interview anxiety and imposter syndrome, and looked at ways to close the interview access gap that exists today.
Using the insights from our student survey and focus groups, we sought input from our academic and industry partners, and developed three concrete ways for organizations to make technical hiring more inclusive to ensure that the engineers who are coding our future represent all of us. I hope you find the report as inspiring as we do.
-Jeffrey Spector, Karat president and co-founder