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Inside North America’s IT Industry: The Solidarity of the Indian Community and the Rise of the Proxy Interview Industry

In the IT industry in North America, the Indian community is known for its close connections and spirit of mutual help. This solidarity not only supports each other on their career paths but also, to some extent, has fostered the development of a controversial area—the proxy interview industry. The rise and operation of this industry reflect the deep sense of mutual assistance among members of the Indian community, while the situation in the North American Chinese IT community presents a different picture, especially in terms of solidarity and mutual assistance.

Indian Solidarity and the Proxy Interview Industry

The close unity of Indians in the North American IT industry is reflected in their attitude towards and participation in the proxy interview industry. In this industry, experienced Indian IT professionals replace job seekers in technical interviews, helping them pass the screening process of big companies. This service is usually conducted within the community through word-of-mouth or private group information sharing.

The proxy interview process covers all aspects from resume preparation to interview skills, focusing on technical interviews, behavioral questions (BQ), coding tests, and system design. Since most large tech companies' interview processes do not dig deep into resume backgrounds, do not allow recording for privacy protection, and require neutral feedback, this provides operational space for proxy interviews. Especially since the interviewer usually does not belong to the future work group of the job seeker, this further reduces the risk of proxy interviews being identified.

Contrast with the Chinese Community

In the North American IT industry, the Chinese community faces a series of unique challenges, including disunity among members, mutual wariness, and intense competition and comparison. Compared to the close unity and progress of the Indian community, the Chinese community shows divergence and barriers in some aspects. Although there is professional development and technical exchange in the Chinese community, it is often affected by individualism and a high emphasis on competition. There is a common attitude of mutual wariness among community members, stemming from the competition for opportunities and the desire for success. In North America's workplace culture, Chinese often feel the need to struggle on their own to stand out in fierce competition.

The competition within the Chinese community is not just a part of professional development but also becomes a manifestation of community culture. This competition often translates into comparison, not limited to professional achievements but also including income, job levels, and the display of personal skills. This strong culture of competition and comparison has somewhat weakened the community's internal solidarity and spirit of mutual assistance, making members more focused on personal achievements rather than collective progress.

This attitude of disunity and competition contrasts sharply with the solidarity and mutual assistance of the Indian community. The Indian community promotes solidarity among members by sharing information, resources, and opportunities, even in the controversial proxy interview industry. In contrast, the Chinese community's divergence and barriers may lead to a gap between individual and collective success, limiting their impact as a group in the North American IT industry.

Loopholes in the Hiring Process

The prosperity of the proxy interview industry is partly due to loopholes in the current hiring process. Many large tech companies' interview processes are designed to ensure fairness and privacy, but this inadvertently leaves space for proxy interviews. Due to the highly standardized interview process and the lack of in-depth understanding of candidates' personal backgrounds, this provides an opportunity for proxy interview behavior.

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