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WISE WEDNESDAY: I help organizations hire people — and watch white candidates get favored again and



When you apply for a job, you’d like to think that you’re evaluated based on your skills, experience, and track record. But in a recent article published by the Harvard Business Review despairingly titled “We Just Can’t Handle Diversity,” it was revealed that candidates are evaluated not solely on merit (as we often aspire and hope) but also on race/ethnicity. Interviewers frequently assessed candidates inconsistently according to race, e.g.:

The most common criteria for moving candidates from the middle to either the “yes” or the “no” pile were communication skills (referred to as “polish”), analysis of a sample business case, the math used to support that analysis, and cultural fit. But the interviewers weighed and judged those criteria differently depending on the race, ethnicity, or gender of the candidates....

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