In an interview last month, Uber's HR chief, Liane Hornsey, said this about efforts to make women feel at ease in engineering interviews: What we’re doing, which is much more important, is to make sure that interviews aren’t in any way taking gender or race into consideration. All of our engineering interviews have to have a woman on the panel. ... We’re putting more female engineers into our interview training first, so that we can use more women as interviewers. I’m sure you know if you’re a female coming into a panel of all men, it can be very disconcerting. Full interview This brings up some questions about engineering interviews and women. In general, not specific to Uber. 1. Does it help female candidates if there is a woman present in the engineering interview panel? How? 2. What about interviews that are a series of 1-1, not panel? 3. If a woman needs another woman in the engineering interview panel to feel at ease, how will such a woman work later in engineering teams where she might be the only female? 4. Is necessarily requiring at least one woman in the engineering panel a disservice and patronizing to women candidates who can handle an engineering interview with an all male panel?