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Double jeopardy upon resume screening : when Achmed is less employable than Aisha

(2015) PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY. 68(3). p.659-696
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Applicants belong to multiple categories (male, ethnic minority) and a complex set of factors affects category activation and inhibition when making hiring decisions. Two field experiments with recruiters who regularly engage in resume screening showed that the role of multiple categories (applicants’ ethnicity and sex) in discrimination depended on job type and prejudice. Specifically, in both low and high demand (i.e., complex) jobs, Arab females were rated more favorably than Arab males, particularly when considering levels of client contact. Across both studies, recruiters high in explicit ethnic prejudice were discriminatory only when applicants’ job qualifications fit the job position less, lending support for the attributional-ambiguity effect. Implicit attitudes did not play a strong role. Our study findings point to the complex nature of multiple categorization effects in the hiring process. Implications are considered as to how to avert hiring discrimination during resume screening.
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HIRING DISCRIMINATION, ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION, SOCIAL COGNITION, STRUCTURED EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEW, IMPLICIT ASSOCIATION TEST, EXTERNAL MOTIVATION, SELECTION DECISIONS, EXPLICIT ATTITUDES, GENDER STEREOTYPES, ARBITRARY METRICS

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Derous, Eva, Ann Marie Ryan, and Alec W Serlie. 2015. “Double Jeopardy Upon Resume Screening : When Achmed Is Less Employable Than Aisha.” Personnel Psychology 68 (3): 659–696.
APA
Derous, E., Ryan, A. M., & Serlie, A. W. (2015). Double jeopardy upon resume screening : when Achmed is less employable than Aisha. PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY, 68(3), 659–696.
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Derous E, Ryan AM, Serlie AW. Double jeopardy upon resume screening : when Achmed is less employable than Aisha. PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY. 2015;68(3):659–96.
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Derous, Eva, Ann Marie Ryan, and Alec W Serlie. “Double Jeopardy Upon Resume Screening : When Achmed Is Less Employable Than Aisha.” PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY 68.3 (2015): 659–696. Print.
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  abstract     = {Applicants belong to multiple categories (male, ethnic minority) and a complex set of factors affects category activation and inhibition when making hiring decisions. Two field experiments with recruiters who regularly engage in resume screening showed that the role of multiple categories (applicants{\textquoteright} ethnicity and sex) in discrimination depended on job type and prejudice. Specifically, in both low and high demand (i.e., complex) jobs, Arab females were rated more favorably than Arab males, particularly when considering levels of client contact. Across both studies, recruiters high in explicit ethnic prejudice were discriminatory only when applicants{\textquoteright} job qualifications fit the job position less, lending support for the attributional-ambiguity effect. Implicit attitudes did not play a strong role. Our study findings point to the complex nature of multiple categorization effects in the hiring process. Implications are considered as to how to avert hiring discrimination during resume screening.},
  author       = {Derous, Eva and Ryan, Ann Marie and Serlie, Alec W},
  issn         = {0031-5826},
  journal      = {PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {659--696},
  title        = {Double jeopardy upon resume screening : when Achmed is less employable than Aisha},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/peps.12078},
  volume       = {68},
  year         = {2015},
}

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