A recent report is showing concerning numbers as job seekers answers questions about unbiased recruitment and if they have experienced discrimination in a recruitment process. During the spring of 2019, the Swedish recruitment and staffing agency TNG surveyed over 1500 job seekers for their yearly candidate report. And the results are reflecting a frustrated group of candidates who believe they have been rejected because of discrimination.
Unbiased recruitment continues to rise in popularity
In this years’ TNG Talent Insights 2019 report, the numbers show that the majority of candidates’ are becoming more positive towards unbiased recruitment and would prefer to strive away from the traditional process as much as possible. Meaning they prefer job applications that won’t accept pictures or questions regarding age, gender, or religion.
“58% say they have been rejected based on age”
The report highlights the most common reason job seekers believe they have experienced recruitment-related discrimination. So, when looking at the 1500 candidates, 58% believe they have been rejected because of their age. And when analyzing the different age groups more closely, 70% of candidates between 46-55 years say they have experienced rejection because of their age. Furthermore, 87% of job seekers between 56-64 have experienced age discrimination. These numbers are showing a harsh reality for older job seekers and
The six most common reasons why a job seeker experiences discrimination during recruitment:
- Age (58%)
- Appearance (14%)
- Gender or transgender identity (13%)
- Ethnic heritage (12%)
- Disability* (5%)
- Sexual orientation (1%)
*Physical, neuropsychiatric, or intellectual (temporary or permanent)
How Tengai is leveling the playing field
Tengai started out as an idea; to mitigate bias in the job interview. And it has, therefore, been extremely important during the development phase that the robot interview is equal to a blind interview. In other words, an interview where the assessment only will be based on competency and skill set. Nothing else. It’s an innovative and new thinking candidate experience where everyone is getting the same experience.
The blind robot interview, in combination with Tengai’s human-like behavior, allows for an environment where job applicants can be themselves. Instead of being who they think the recruiters want them to be. Actually, 75% of job seekers who met Tengai say they can be more honest during the robot interview.
The robot was originally a collaboration between recruitment and staffing agency TNG, who programmed the D&I software at the TNGx innovation lab, and Furhat Robotics, who builds and develops the robotics platform. Today the partnership with Furhat Robotics and the work to develop the next generation of unbiased interview products continues.
Read the full report ”TNG Talent Insights 2019: Rättvist, autentiskt och inkluderande” (in Swedish) to learn more about discrimination on the job market. Download it Here!