I honestly don't think it's possible. Not really. Of course, no one would ever be open about their real prejudices towards a candidate if they know that, deep down, their view is considered 'wrong' or too controversial for the highly PC world we now live in. It's far easier to play it safe and keep your mouth shut. Even recruiters who profess to operating an unbiased process can't prevent unconscious bias from creeping in. How can they...it's UNCONSCIOUS.
I suspect that I, myself, might be subject to bias on my CV with a Maltese surname that looks Italian, but actually I'm part Lebanese/Syrian/an erratic smattering from The Levant yet I'm 100% British, born and bred. I've been lucky with the two times in my life that I've needed to send my CV out to an employer, but I'm sure that on a larger scale I would suffer, especially when employers are scanning names at volume.
Please enlighten me and show me someone who, for a fact, doesn't even possess unconscious bias, PLEASE. Thoughts?
Nobody will ever openly admit to discriminating against a candidate based on their age, ethnicity or sexual orientation but countless studies have uncovered ‘unconscious bias’ during the recruitment process. A recent investigation by the BBC found that a job seeker with an English-sounding name was offered three times the number of interviews than an applicant with a muslim name. The fake candidates applied for 100 jobs as business managers in advertising sales across London and after two and a half months, Adam was offered three times more interviews than Mohamed. The two CVs were also uploaded to four job sites. Adam was contacted by four recruiters, but Mohamed only two.