Hiring Managers Need to Consider All Backgrounds

posted by Jim Barna  |  Jun 15, 2011 2:21 PM [EST]  |  applies to New York

In the April/May 2011 issue of the CNY Business Exchange, in a column entitled “A Diamond in the Rough,” Roger Evans writes words that every hiring manager should read:

When you look across your desk at a poorly dressed, but neatly presented job seeker, don’t rule that person out. A little faith and a few paychecks can change his attire.  His or her work ethic, rather than wardrobe is what you need to see.  A person who excels in his or her native environment probably worked harder to reach your desk than others you will interview.  Please make the right choice.

Evaluating applicants and making hiring decisions is an awesome responsibility that carries with it responsibility for the future of the business.  It is no wonder that many managers make the safest possible hiring decisions, and may unintentionally exclude applicants that do not fit the expected mode of the candidates.  However, those managers that open their vision to the potential of each applicant, particularly those that are rough around the edges, will provide the greatest benefit to their business, and just may give a critical opportunity to an outstanding colleague to be.

From my position litigating employment discrimination lawsuits, I wonder how many discriminatory workplaces could be eliminated just by following Roger Evans’ advice.

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