hirinHow many hiring managers do we think are straight-up racist?

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Good Adam Karpiak thread yesterday on Twitter (based on a question asked on LinkedIn) about recruiters facing overt racism from clients and hiring managers. Here are three to five true “winners:” (these are all different communications)

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So why does this stuff persist?

The core reasons would be:

  • It’s largely always been this way.
  • No one polices it. HR should, but are often castrated in orgs.
  • The guys and gals saying these things to recruiters are perceived as “making their numbers” or “making the trains run,” and that aspect of their connection to the business is more valuable than the human/relational aspect.
  • Some people really just are uncomfortable working with blacks and gays, and are not afraid to say it.
  • Organizations broadly have no idea how to regulate because everyone is so focused on task work.

Can we fix it?

We’re at a moment and something is going to happen. I think the default tends to be “business as usual” — you saw that in the “red pill” debates — but I think more and more white people are starting to realize what they’ve perpetuated, so maybe it can change. I am not that confident. Rodney King, which also involved video and public outrage, was 10,693 days ago. I can’t say much has changed, and I am sure some Marty Middle Manager somewhere today will say “No sistas” to a recruiter, then receive a plaque for “leading his team through a challenging COVID period.”

But I’m hoping we start to do better.

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