Companies often talk about if a candidate is a good culture fit, but what does that really mean? What is the culture like at a company for underrepresented people? Does the lived experience as an underrepresented person match what's on the company brochure? How can an underrepresented person find out about the true culture at a company? The answer is culture fit.
What it does
culture fit empowers underrepresented people to anonymously share their lived experience at a company.
In the user research of 45 survey respondents, we asked questions that explores the user needs for this platform: https://forms.gle/zZzNJxMbpCq9AX7a7. 97.8% of the respondents rated the importance of knowing a company’s culture to them a 4 or 5 (in a scale of 1-5, 5 being very important). However 89% of them rated the difficulty in find out about a company's culture a 3 or above (in a scale of 1-5, 5 being very difficult). We found out people are afraid to talk about their experience publicly in fear of repercussions, many who wanted to share or find experiences but found no trustworthy source, which highlights the need for culture fit and the importance of anonymity on our platform.
We give underrepresented people a platform to share their lived experience so they can freely speak their truth. culture fit allows underrepresented people to learn about the culture of a company from the perspective of other underrepresented people.
How I built it
For this hackathon we wanted to focus on the backend functionality of the app so we decided to show the frontend functionality through Figma. On the backend we used Python and Flask to write the app, Google App Engine to deploy the app to Google Cloud, and Google Cloud SQL to create and update our PostgreSQL database.
Challenges I ran into
Jasmine never used Flask, Google Cloud SQL, json, and Google App Engine before so she struggled with setting up the environment and quickly learning how to implement these technologies into the project.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Angela and Chelsea are proud of keeping the design flow consistent throughout the prototyping process. Jasmine is proud of building an API that can create and view data from a database and having it all deployed in the cloud!
What I learned
Grishma and Rayan learned about how model a database and creating an Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD).
What's next for culture fit
Further research on how to talk about underrepresented groups in an inclusive way. Building out the front end for full functionality.