Link to Article on Paper: Minorities Who ‘Whiten’ Job Resumes Get More Interviews
Link to Paper: Whitened Résumés: Race and Self-Presentation in the Labor Market
Sorry if this post is on the more controversial side, I heard about this research today on a podcast (The Weeds) and thought there are some relevant insights in the paper.
The metric that stood out to me is:
Twenty-five percent of black candidates received callbacks from their whitened resumes, while only 10 percent got calls when they left ethnic details intact. Among Asians, 21 percent got calls if they used whitened resumes, whereas only 11.5 percent heard back if they sent resumes with racial references.
The +10% seems pretty big. Granted, the sample size of the research is relatively small and it is not aggregated by industry, so this could be different for tech companies. Also, the article is from 2017 and the original research paper was published in 2016 - the landscape may have shifted.
Interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks!