A conversational interview style can sometimes lead to a skilled immigrant unwittingly volunteering information, such as religion, that can impede their chances of being hired — even though human rights legislation prohibits employers from discriminating against candidates on the basis of their religion. (Version français.)
This hazard, and how to avoid it, is highlighted in the eighth 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 continues to try to determine whether Tarek will “fit in” and asks him what he likes to do on weekends. He becomes concerned when Tarek says he and his family are usually at the mosque on Friday nights.
Tips for Employers:
- A conversational interviewing style may yield information that feeds into the interviewer’s biases.
- A conversational interviewing style may pose unnecessary barriers to the employment of skilled immigrants.
Watch the next video in the series: Call of Duty.