When we think of racism in the hiring process, we often think of overt discrimination, such as being rejected for a job interview or job because of one’s skin colour or ethnic background. But racial discrimination can happen before the job interview even takes place.
One poster on the SubReddit (Reddit’s subforum) “Recruiting Hell” writes that a recruiter from a big company asked the first interview question: “How do I pronounce your name?” The name was, according to a later post, a common but unpronounceable European last name. Next, the frustrated Redditor writes,
“In my application I noted I’m a US citizen not in need of a visa or sponsorship what does this fool do?
“ ‘OK, next couple questions because I really need to get this out of the way. Are you authorized to work for any employer in the US? And Will you now or in the future require sponsorship.’ ”
This post shows how ethnic and racial discrimination can escalate merely from an unusual last name on a resume.
What are some ways you can avert the experience of being discriminated against before the job interview even happens?
Wipe Your Resume Clean of References to Race
You can partly avoid being discriminated against by ‘whitening’ or removing references to race from your resume, such as removing references to ethnic organizations in your resume or using the “Americanized” version of your name. A study found minorities who whiten job resumes get more job interviews.
For example, in the study, “one Asian applicant said she put her ‘very Chinese-sounding’ name on her resume in her freshman year, but only got noticed after subbing in her American nickname later: “Before I changed it, I didn’t really get any interviews, but after that, I got interviews.”
Apply to Jobs that Promote Diversity
Look at the company’s website to see whether they are actively promoting or recruiting for a diverse staff. This can help you feel more confident of having a good chance of being treated fairly and without discrimination during a job interview. Forbes notes: “Ultimately, it’s management’s responsibility to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and the value it brings to the company as well as holding others accountable.”
Use a Non-Discriminatory AI Hiring Solution
If you’re worried about racial discrimination during the job interview, why not use a platform that promises to eliminate all forms of discrimination during the interview and resume process? Geekbidz is an up-and-coming skill-based job platform which uses Artificial Intelligence to pair employers with qualified candidates based on an online skills ranking system.
There are no resumes or interviews needed, just an on-the-job evaluation - and thus, no opportunities for racial discrimination in the run-up to being hired.
Find Creative Ways to Evade Discrimination, Including AI-Based Solutions
Resumes and interviews can be prime sources for discrimination even before the job interview, but there are some creative ways you can evade discrimination, from changing your resume to looking for pro-diversity employers. What’s more, AI is now generating new possibilities for non-discriminatory hiring solutions, and these are more than worth looking into.