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Call for ban on job interviews

Published: June 1, 2016

Four in ten employees would prefer job interviews to be banned because they believe they are an unfair way to hire and promote workers.

Research conducted by CV-Library found many feel the traditional interview process is flawed because it encourages nepotism and unconscious bias.

Of the 2,300 people involved in the study, 43 per cent backed a ban on job interviews, with the majority wanting them to be replaced with a more formal and measurable skills-based test.

The survey also found that 81 per cent of workers believe nepotism exists in the UK workplace, while 2.2 per cent admitted they had offered someone a job because of favouritism.

Jonny Gifford, CIPD research adviser for organisational behaviour, explained there are alternatives to the traditional job interview that could ensure the best people are selected for the available positons.

“Interviews are particularly prone to bias because we pick up on things such as how someone looks, and whether we get a feeling of warmth from them, at the same time as trying to judge the relevance of their experience and their specific capabilities,” said Mr Gifford.

He added: “You could have different people carrying out the interviews and making the decision. The interviewer records the information and feeds it into the process alongside references, test results and other factors.”

Mitrefinch offers a range of different HR software that can help businesses keep ahead of workforce trends and employee data.

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