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[NEW RESEARCH] Recruitment bias: one third of people think hiring processes are unfair

More than a third of people think that most companies have an unfair and biased hiring process, according to new research from GetApp.

Meanwhile, almost a quarter of the 1,500 respondents polled think that all companies have unfair recruiting practices.

Biases are often unconscious, meaning that businesses may not even realize that they are making these judgements when it comes to selecting new candidates. Two common areas of recruitment bias are gender and age, which is backed up by data from this survey.

More women than men believe that most companies’ recruitment processes are biased, with 37% of females saying they believe hiring is unfair, compared to 32% of males. Only 25% of females think that the majority of businesses recruit in a fair way, compared to 36% of males.

The younger generation is also becoming more conscious of recruitment bias. According to this research, 39% of millennials believe that current recruitment practices are unfair, compared to 32% of Generation X.

Key Findings of the Recruitment Bias Survey:

Details of the research:

Respondents answered the question: How many companies do you think have a fair and unbiased hiring process?

#1. The majority of companies – 30.3%

#2. Some companies – 33.5%

#3. The minority of companies – 13%

#4. No companies – 23.2%

Demographics: GetApp surveyed more than 1,500 US-based respondents aged between 25 and 65 with an average inferred annual income of $24k – $150k.

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Karen McCandless :Karen is a writer for the GetApp lab, as well as editor for the blog. Before working at GetApp, she spent a lot of time reviewing photo and productivity apps for Android and iOS, as well as covering all things B2B, primarily for retail and manufacturing. When not writing about B2B apps, she enjoys trips to the theater, playing badminton, and working out ways to travel more.