How to avoid interview discrimination

How to avoid interview discrimination

Sergeant Andy Sheldon has been found guilty of misconduct over his actions when recruiting, but he will not get the sack under the condition that he gets “management advice”.

He told colleagues that female applicants will get the job if they have “big tits” and show them off: Detective Constable Claire Winchurch informed a disciplinary hearing that she overheard the exchange.

She said: "I remember him asking 'is she an ugly munter? Yes, she hasn't got the job' and 'does she have big tits? Yes, she will get the job.”

The news comes as British media personality Carol Vorderman MBE claimed on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! that, when applying for jobs after graduating from Cambridge University, was told: “You’re not for me, your tits aren’t big enough!"

It seems that times have not changed that much. 40% of British women have faced 'inappropriate' questioning, compared to 12% of men, according to graduate recruitment app Debut.   

Research earlier this year, this time by Equalities and Human Rights Commission, also found that 70% of bosses think women should declare they’re pregnant when applying for jobs - while one in four think it's fair to ask interviewees if they plan to have children.

It’s up to recruiters to ensure gender bias, and any other forms of discrimination, is eradicated from the hiring process.

We spoke to Jennie Child, International Director of Talent at AKQA, about this last month. He advice was: “[Firstly], ensure you are consistent. Use different types of method but make sure all the candidates are exposed to the same ones in the hiring process to ensure a fair process.

“[Secondly], make sure you have a varied interview panel to reflect the mix of candidates you’re talking to.

“[Thirdly, ensure you take notes and that everyone involved in the process provides detailed feedback.”  


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Comments (1)

  • NADINE
    NADINE
    Fri, 23 Dec 2016 1:52pm GMT
    This is something I have experienced in numerous roles. One director would only hire slim blondes and told a staff member not to hire any more people not of English descent to put it politely. Needless to say, I left!

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