'Horrific' job ad causes Twitter storm for trivialising OCD

A company has come under fire for using, what some candidates have labelled as, “discriminatory” language in one of their recruitment campaigns.

The advertised role was for an Event Manager position, at event caterers Urban Caprice, and was promptly flagged up on Twitter for its use of the term “OCD”.

Twitter user Ellieq posted the advert on social media, calling out the recruiters for their use of mental health-related jargon.

The advert specifies: “The successful candidate will be an experienced, enthusiastic and charming Senior Event Manager, who possesses excellent English skills, an abundance of confidence and has an outstanding personable presentation.[sic]"

Other Twitter users claimed that the advert opened the company up to potential discrimination cases, whilst others accused them of trying to be “trendy” rather than inclusive, labelling the post “horrific”. 

The issue of discrimination in recruitment is one which needs to be actively tackled by recruiters. Writing in Startups.co.uk, Charles Hipps, CEO at WCN, specialist technology software provider for recruiters, argued that blind recruitment is one way to combat unconscious biases.

“The Confederation of British Industry has described ‘name-blind’ recruitment as one way to remove ‘criteria that could unintentionally bias managers, and give under-represented groups confidence that their application will be fairly considered’,” says Hipps.

“In the eyes of some, current recruiting processes are imperfect, elitist and exclusionary. These concerns make it important that recruiters consider new ways to attract people from all backgrounds.

“Whatever the success of name-blind recruitment in the sifting of applications, there is still a need to eliminate bias at the interview stage.”

What do you think? Do you think this job advert is discriminatory? How would you coach your candidates to respond to this advert? Tell us in the comments...

 

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Comments (2)
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 2:31pm GMT
Janet Singer
Unfortunately this is an all too common example of how and why OCD is such a misunderstood and misrepresented disorder. Anyone who has actually been diagnosed with OCD or has a loved one with the disorder knows it can be devastating. My son had OCD so severe he could not even eat, and thankfully exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, the first line psychological treatment for OCD, literally saved his life.Today he is a young man living life to the fullest. I recount my family's story in my critically acclaimed book, Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery (Rowman & Littlefield, January 2015) and discuss all aspects of the disorder on my blog at www.ocdtalk.wordpress.com. This ad trivializes OCD and only serves to perpetuate the ignorance surrounding this very real illness.
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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:32am GMT
Steve
It's not so much discriminatory than at risk of trivialising a serious mental condition that many people suffer from. It would also help if the person who wrote the ad could phrase their words properly!
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