Shocking level of interview ageism revealed

One in four candidates have admitted to feeling discriminated against during an interview – mainly because of their age.

A recent report from CV-Library found that 39% of jobseekers claim to have been subject to ageism. After asking 1,200 candidates, 51% of them revealed they don’t know their rights when it comes to interview discrimination. 10% believed that they were discriminated against because of their race, 8.9% said it was because of their gender, 6.7% because of disabilities and 3.7% because of the university they went to.

Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s concerning to see that interview discrimination is so rife in the UK, with one in four being affected.

“Recruiters have a job to find the most suitable and skilled candidate for the role, regardless of age, race, gender or anything else. During an interview, it’s important that you don’t let your preconceptions get in the way, and instead ensure you ask all the right questions to determine if they’re a good fit for the job.”

68% said that believe that interview discrimination happens often and that the best way to solve this is with better training for interviewers (29.8%). 14% think that a set of interview questions pre-prepared would help, whilst 12% think there should be certain questions which interviewers are prohibited from asking.

Biggins concludes: “Interviews are a two-way dialogue, so it could cause complications if recruiters were forced to stick to a script. That said, having a list of questions that you cannot ask, for example, ‘Do you plan to have children?’ could help to reduce the risk of prejudice during the interview. Overall, interviewers have an important role to play, and while they must do what is best for the business, they also need to ensure that all candidates are given a fair chance – otherwise they could end up missing out on talented candidates!”

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