Recruitment interviews may have to be conducted from behind screens if a newEuropean directive, which is about to be proposed, becomes law. The new directive is aimed at eradicating discrimination during interviewprocesses. New procedures will require interviews to take place with a screen betweenthe applicant and the interviewers, or over a speakerphone between rooms. Inthis way, advocates argue, selection processes will be less prone to bias basedon factors such as race, physical appearance, clothes sense or body odour. The commissioner pushing the initiative forward, Olaf Porli, is also pushingfor a further directive that would require interviewees’ voices to be disguisedthrough the use of sound-distorting technology. Porli said: “Employers are struggling to recruit objectively, with white,middle-aged men still dominating the workplace. Race, gender, hairstyle, teethand even facial tics continue to influence the process, making itdiscriminatory.” The EC is to fast-track the development, and insiders say the directivecould be implemented as soon as one year from today. www.personneltoday.com/goto/18150 Screens could be key to unbiased interview processOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.