Using Technology to Reduce Discrimination in Hiring


Anybody who has ever gone through the process of looking for a job knows how difficult and tiring that can be. It is usually very stressful because all our experience, skills, and qualifications are put to the test. Or, better said, they should be put to the test. Unfortunately, we also have to deal with our recruiter’s personal thoughts and attitudes that can be discriminatory, whether consciously or not. This could be easily avoided if that human element of hiring got replaced by technology.

No more discrimination based on race, gender, location or character

When it comes to job interviews, many unimportant things can come into play. It is not unusual for employees to reject a potential employee just because they are female, black, come from “a bad” neighborhood or simply don’t have the same interests as them. However unreasonable it may be, many people looking for a job get turned down because of such criteria. Technology can be a great way to choose the right candidate for the job because it will put to test their actual knowledge and skills, rather than focus on irrelevant parameters. Technology won’t have any bias towards candidates and will test every person equally.

No more discrimination based on education

Due to financial situations or life circumstances, some candidates will come from prestigious schools with impressive academic records while others won’t. Having attended a school with high status certainly doesn’t make a person more eligible for a job position as there are many skillful and hardworking people who just weren’t in a position to attend such a school. If we use technology during the hiring process, this difference between candidates will not be taken into consideration when making the final decision. The only important variables will be the skills and abilities needed for that job position.

Virtual reality  

Anybody who has ever been discriminated against knows how difficult it can be to express your feelings and make that person understand why exactly was their action hurtful and upsetting. That is why some companies are introducing virtual reality programs to help their hiring staff better understand how their candidates are feeling by putting them in their shoes. By experiencing first-hand discrimination, they are going to be more understanding and less prone to discriminate when it comes to their applicants. This technique is thought to be a more effective way of teaching than seminars or lectures on discrimination. By using virtual reality, employees are not only going to learn more but actually be able to feel what victims of discrimination feel in real situations.