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To assess the Level of Unconscious Bias in the CV Review Stage of the Recruitment Process and to evaluate the Impact of Anonymised CVs.

Kennedy, Aobhaoin (2014) To assess the Level of Unconscious Bias in the CV Review Stage of the Recruitment Process and to evaluate the Impact of Anonymised CVs. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This study constituted a laboratory experiment to measure the extent of racial discrimination present in the CV review part of the recruitment process, and the impact of anonymous CVs on such discrimination. The experiment, which took the form of a survey, involved asking participants to rate two CVs, with each resume being assigned either a typical Irish sounding name or a typical name from one of the EU New Member States. The participants completed a follow up survey one month later where they reviewed the same CVs without any names on them. It was found that there was no significant difference between the response to either CV in both the original and the follow up survey. The results do not correlate with the academic research in this field; it is surmised that this is because previous studies have been conducted on real employers who were not aware that they were participating in a study, while in this study participants were consciously reviewing just two CVs in an experimental setting. These results suggest that racial discrimination in the recruitment process could be reduced if there was a greater level of consciousness around racism and accountability for or scrutiny of recruitment decisions.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Recruitment
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Claire Wallnutt
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 15:18
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2014 19:10
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1748

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