I work in digital and a few months ago I found my self-making the life changing decision to move back to London and looking for a new job.
I have lived here before and the digital industry has always been quite dynamic, super flexible and extremely fast so I thought that it was going to be still easier than in Italy to actually find the right job. It took me 2 months to find what I wanted, the Brexit has definitely slowed down processes, investments and recruitment. Only 2 years ago you could actually find a job in few weeks, now it is a bit more complicated but still reasonable compared to other European Countries.
But something really disturbing caught my attention whilst I was applying for jobs: some of the questions in the forms that the majority of companies are now using, sound dramatically potentially discriminating, a complete invasion of privacy and absolutely unnecessary.
3 very specific questions about sexuality (asking if you are lesbian, gay, trans or straight), religion (list of religions to pick your one from) and ethnicity (colour of the skin, like white or black, and the region/state you consider yourself from: “white Irish, white European” and so on).
So accidental they have been introduced together, uhm?
After replacing real people with script readers that screen cv automatically based on keywords and formats, after introducing questions about gender and age (in some Countries, in theory, it is still illegal to ask), now we are facing something definitely out of control and the question I would like to ask to the recruitment industry is: “does the fact that I sleep both with men and women or I have got a man body with massive boobs and blond long hair, make any difference to my ability to work? What do you care if I celebrate Hannukah rather than Christmas? How the fact that I could be Chinese born and raised in Brazil can make any difference? Why do you need to know this information?
If I were black African American, transgender and still looking for my belief, how many chances I would have to be invited for an interview?
I thought that the world was actually going in the opposite direction, that we were actually fighting to prevent defining ourselves based on places, whom we sleep with and what kind of religion we prefer to follow. I thought that these were private choices that we could actually make about ourselves without having to share them with strangers.
Of course, in all these forms, you always have the “prefer not to answer” option…