Equal Treatment

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Equal Treatment

Common questions covered here
Are all candidates given equal treatment in the hiring process?
As a hiring manager, what can I do to ensure candidates are treated equally?

important Companies can and should work hard to ensure that all candidates are given equal treatment in the hiring process, but inequalities persist.* Workplace disparities in pay and opportunity span race and gender,* with research focusing on inequality in the U.S. workplace,* executive leadership and its well-documented lack of diversity,** and the technology industry.* Gender bias in negotiation itself is also an issue; many women have been made to feel that they shouldn’t ask for what they deserve.*

More effort is needed to end biases and close the wage gap. All candidates should take the time to understand their worth and the specific value they can add to a company, so that they are fully prepared to negotiate for a better offer.

General Expectations

  • Many companies will give some leeway during negotiations, letting you indicate whether you prefer higher salary or higher equity.

  • Candidates with competing offers almost always have more leverage and get better offers.*

  • Salaries at startups are often a bit below what you’d get at an established company, since early on, cash is at a premium. For very early stage startups, risk is higher, offers can be more highly variable, and variation among companies will be greater, particularly when it comes to equity.

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