Ex-Fb recruiter speaks out about 'a problematic system' that fails to ship various expertise


A former Fb recruiter is talking out towards the tech big’s hiring system and office tradition, which he says fail to succeed in the corporate’s range targets and alienates individuals of colour. 

Rhett Lindsey, who left Fb in November after working there for simply 11 months, advised The Washington Post in an interview printed Tuesday that the metrics the corporate has adopted in its hiring system fail to truly recruit various expertise. 

Lindsey alleged that some potential candidates might be rejected over imprecise phrases like “cultural match,” noting that at the least a dozen certified candidates of colour who he referred for interviews to Fb had been finally rejected partly resulting from this reasoning. 


“There is no such thing as a tradition match examine mark on an software kind, however at Fb it’s like this invisible cloud that hangs over candidates of colour,” he defined. 

Lindsey, in addition to different present and former Black workers concerned in Fb hiring efforts, additionally advised the Put up about problematic office tradition that they stated might be dangerous to employees of colour. 

For instance, Lindsey recounted one August 2020 incident during which he attended a digital assembly to speak about Fb’s efforts to rent extra Black engineers. 

In response to movies of the assembly reviewed by the Put up, a white supervisor performed a Drake track within the background whose refrain repeats the phrase “The place the [n-word]s be at?” 5 occasions. 

Lindsey requested within the chat system in the course of the assembly why they had been taking part in the track, including that he was “actually disenchanted,” which was adopted by 9 different workers additionally vocalizing their frustration. 

The Put up reported {that a} supervisor finally apologized, although Lindsey stated the incident “reveals you the insensitivity and the lack of understanding.” 


The allegations from Lindsey, who has since launched his personal startup to advertise range and inclusion in job recruiting, come as Fb additionally faces an Equal Employment Alternative Fee declare filed by potential job recruits final summer time. 

Fb operations supervisor Oscar Veneszee Jr., who’s Black and nonetheless works on the firm, together with two candidates who had been denied jobs introduced the declare in July, and a 3rd rejected applicant joined the case in December, Reuters reported final month. 

Veneszee advised the Put up Tuesday that greater than half a dozen certified candidates from minority teams who he submitted to Fb had been all rejected as a result of they weren’t deemed a “cultural match.” 

Nonetheless, when reached for remark, Fb advised The Hill that the corporate doesn’t measure candidates for cultural match, however that potential workers are requested how they’d reply to particular conditions and if these line up with Fb’s “5 core values.” 

Fb additionally advised The Hill that it doesn’t full visible inspections of job candidates, and recruiters are as an alternative requested to make use of goal standards in measuring candidates, reminiscent of membership in an expert society. 

A Fb spokesperson stated in an announcement, “We’re centered on range and inclusivity in addition to advancing racial justice, each in our personal office in addition to in how we recruit candidates to work right here,” and that it has “added range and inclusion targets to senior leaders’ efficiency evaluations.” 

“We take severely allegations of discrimination and have sturdy insurance policies and processes in place for workers to report considerations, together with considerations about micro aggressions and coverage violations,” the spokesperson added.