Finding Talent Chapter 3: Accent and Odours – Considerations for Hiring Decisions?

Many employers fail to leverage the essential skills that skilled immigrants bring to Canada because of cultural biases. (Version française.)

How these biases may affect a hiring decision are highlighted in the third instalment of Finding Talent, a training video by TRIEC that follows the fictional experiences of MetroCan Technologies as it considers hiring a skilled immigrant named Tarek.

In this chapter, the hiring manager presents his notion of “organizational fit,” while the HR professional addresses discrimination based on accent.

Tips for Employers:

  • It is valuable to reassess the notion of “organizational fit,” to define what it means and to explore whether it excludes groups of potential candidates.
  • Cultural values may create unconscious and conscious biases in hiring.
  • Discriminating against someone because they have an accent is against the law.

Watch the video or to use the video for internal training or presentations you can download through the TRIEC Campus. You will have to register (free) and then you can download the video.

Watch the next video in the series: Telephone Screening Interview.

Length: 4:03

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