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Research Shows One-Third of Applicants Think Hiring is Unfair

One of the HR topics to make mainstream news in recent months is the Ban-the-Box ordinances that are popping up around the nation. One of the driving forces behind these laws is the most common opinion among job applicants: that hiring is unfair. A recent survey found that one-third of job seekers think that hiring is unfair. So how can employers combat this common thought? Let’s dig into the numbers.


The study found that a third of people think that most companies have an unfair and biased hiring process. Even more concerning is that more than a quarter of the 1,500 respondents surveyed thought that all companies have unfair recruiting practices.


The two most common areas of recruitment bias are gender and age. This was reinforced by the survey, which found that more women than men think most companies’ recruitment processes are unfair. This was 37 percent of women, compared to 32 percent of men. Only 25 percent of all women thought that hiring processes at the majority of companies is fair. With age, Millennials were also more likely to believe that hiring processes were unfair, with 39 percent of Millennials believing that the average recruitment process was unfair.


More key findings:

  • 36 percent of respondents believe most companies’ recruiting processes to be unfair.
  • 23 percent of survey respondents think that all companies have biased hiring practices.
  • 37 percent of female respondents think that most companies’ practices are biased, compared to 32 percent of male respondents.
  • 39 percent of Millennials regard most companies’ hiring methods as unfair and biased.


Employers can begin to ensure their hiring processes are fair by rethinking their background checks. At KRESS, we aim to make the hiring process as fair as possible by offering Automated Adverse Action and ensuring that the information our clients receive on background checks is 100-percent accurate.


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