Biased Recruitment, What To Do ? - CiteHR
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Hussain Zulfikar
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Dear Readers,

I would like to share a query and concern related to recruitment.

HR department receives application through website, candidates are requested to provide their recent photo attached on the CV. Is this an acceptable practice in recruitment by general standards? ?

Technical Interview rounds are shadowed with bias assessment on regional, religious or ethnic backgrounds. Rejections are arrogantly unreasonable.

Lack of discipline and cooperation in documenting feedback and reluctance to follow the process of recruitment by Hiring Managers.

No Hire policy adopted for female candidates, unsaid reasons / excuses are. As they have to commit more time to their family, they are not productive enough for the nature of work and time required for the jobs

The clause of maternity benefits in labor laws are considered as additional costs to company for female employees, usually female employees are hired and within 1 or 2 years as they get married and plan a family, applying for maternity benefits, leaves and allowances which are seen as burdensome cost by the management.

More ever, after the pregnancy, productive attention to work is divided as family commitments are increased. Eventually female employees resign from jobs. Leaving companies behind with gap in human resource, additional costs and further new hiring.

The above mentioned point on female candidates may not be a general practice, MNCs or Big Budget companies may not be biased, but what about SMEs, partnership firms or sole proprietor companies.

The above mentioned practices are disturbing as per my knowledge and ethics. I would like to know, are these practices common among companies?

Books and Laws say all good things how this and that should be followed, but are they really practiced in real life?

What HRs can do to remove these practices? If they are justified to be wrong! Especially HRs at low level management, where this biased are faced at practical levels.

Hi Readers
No one is commenting or contributing to this issue, I request readers to come forward and provide thier opinion. or please let me know if this is an irrelevant issue to our field.
Best Wishes

Dear Mr.Hussain,
Now a days all stand on the basis of equality and still I agree with you as these practices could be seen in most organizations.
My personal view that, I don't prefer to work with female employees (subordinates) at one department as I had some bad experiences. That doesn't mean that I will not hire female employees for the organization.
There are some sectors/industries/departments in which specific gender are preferred.
For ex-When we think about Nurses we get a picture of "sister", so females are preferred for this.
I believe every organization is being formed with Nobel cause but we the people follow practices as per our wish and which creates problem for others.
Hope a revolution day will come till that day do our own job with honest and loyalty.
Shaikh Abedeen

Dear Mr. Hussain,
You have articulated your concern very well.
Such practices are highly deplorable.
Organizations (irrespective of size) which practice such negligent hiring, shall bear the consequences which are sure to follow. The more serious impact is that of disillusionment and disenchantment that professionals who experience/witness such ill practices face. Such experiences color opinions and create biases that are hard to break.


With reference to your post regarding Hiring Females for position of Nurses, I would like to state that, this also a kind of stereotype we have created, that nurses have to be females, I have seen male nurse too. I have seen male nurse in maternity units who are also involved in assisting delivering babies, I doubt there would be any male nurse in India specially in maternity unit, due to conservative or cultural practise. However, also there are certain professions where we sterotype male and females such as

Female Domains : HR , Nursing, Primary or Kinder garden teachers, House Maids, Receptionists, Air Hostess many more can be suggested by readers.

Male Domains : Everything else under the sun except above mentioned fields.

There are exceptions to certain jobs which may not be suitable to either of the genders due to physical abilities. However mental ability of male or female remains subjective as per the individual, we cannot say male are smarter than females or vice versa. So why such bias.


Thanks for the compliment, I appreciate it.

With reference to your post, please state the consequences this biased practises can cause. So that I m more informed and try and convince or spread awareness for the same.

Equal employment opportunity is a basic Human Right, if there are any issues with nature of work, timing, ability, this can be discussed during the interview and made clear

The concern of the companies are also right, regarding the cost of maternity benefits. female employees should also give a thought before availing maternity benefit. Specially those who avail this benefit within 0 – 1 year of joining the company. employees who have spent a loyal amount of time in the company they deserve to get this benefits without any prejudice as they have finely contributed to the growth and prosperity of the company.

However, this remains a subjective concern, as it’s a personal decision of the employee, management cannot interfere in this matters, so easy way out is avoid such situations.

Challenges I face is towards biased rejections of candidates on basis of religion, region and ethnic backgrounds. How do I sensitise or create awareness on such issues. And if practiced heavily, what are the consequences that I can project in order to curb such practise. Is there any training, workshops, event I can suggest in general, without poiting fingers at anyone.



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