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Burqa-like garment for job interviews

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I've had this idea for a while, but HireRoulette came up and I thought it was a good time to finally post this.

This is a garment that a job interviewee wears. It covers their entire body and keeps the interviewer from seeing anything that they could unconsciously discriminate based on (gender presentation, manner of dress, skin color, height, ugliness, etc.).

Height is disguised by a frame that holds the top of the garment at some adjustable height above the wearer's actual head. Interviewers will know this is adjustable, so a tall person can just set it to zero and the interviewer won't know they're not a short person who set it higher.

Probably a voice changer should be incorporated too.

notexactly, Sep 07 2016

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       Absolutely not. For one thing, what if I want to discriminate? More seriously, why not just conduct the interview by phone?
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 07 2016
  

       If the candidate gets hired but turns out to be really ugly, could their contract require them to keep wearing the burqa ?   

       Could that be introduced retrospectively for existing employees ? Now, that WOULD be a truly great idea.
8th of 7, Sep 07 2016
  

       Interview by social media. Maybe here, with candidates judged by how well they can spell and their attitude towards French cats, exploding mimes, and bee-flavored custard...
RayfordSteele, Sep 07 2016
  

       More or less how orchestras audition new musicians - by asking then to play behind a screen
hippo, Sep 07 2016
  

       I'm pretty sure I haven't heard that one.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 07 2016
  

       I did this here already: something like Darth Vader costume for job interviews.
nineteenthly, Sep 07 2016
  

       " So do you know who it was that interviewed you for this job ? "   

       " No, man, we all wore that creepy burqa thing with voice changers "
normzone, Sep 07 2016
  

       Or even:   

       "Good news is we found the ideal candidate. Bad news is we don't know who the fuck it was."
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 07 2016
  

       Well I think HR gets to take a photo and match it up with the ID number pinned to the front of the Burqa to avoid confusion between candidates.
scad mientist, Sep 07 2016
  

       Let us assume for the sake of argument that this is the right solution for the interview process and will prevent other people's biases influencing their perception of your interview answers. Logically then, after you have got the job, you should continue to wear this burqa while at work, to prevent other people's biases influencing their perception of your work. Perhaps after ten years' service you might be allowed to remove the face covering during tea breaks, or stop using the voice change while talking on the phone.
hippo, Sep 07 2016
  

       // to prevent other people's biases influencing their perception of your work //   

       ... or, more importantly, to prevent the milk turning sour and all the clocks stopping.
8th of 7, Sep 07 2016
  

       A scanner darkly in a scramble-suit.
zen_tom, Sep 07 2016
  

       I don't like this mainly because would want to I screen out people who may actually wear burkas.
bob, Sep 08 2016
  

       The core concepts behind this kind of thinking is that ideals are more important than realities.   

       As someone who hires and fires people, high on my list is the ability of someone to be a functional member of a productive team, good interpersonal skills, functional social processes, whatever physical requirements the role requires like being fit and healthy, etc. Multiply that by any requirement for customer or stakeholder service - sadly enough, average joe the consumer doesn't want their fries handed out by someone with leprosy or something major that's likely to put people off, or to be greeted at a front desk of a multinational legal firm by someone who can't be pleasant - if not neat and professional.   

       Ultimately, what's actually wrong with an employer being selective? Does anybody owe anybody a job?
Custardguts, Sep 08 2016
  

       Well yes, of course. The government must address the imbalance between jobs that need doing and people that are looking for jobs. It's ridiculous that there's such an imbalance. Imagine if there were a population but only a small percentage could get air, or food, or a place to sleep at night. Worse, imagine if those that got pushed out because of the selecting people were the same ones each time. It is obvious that if there's a certain amount of people, there must be that amount of jobs. Otherwise it'd be a terrible deficiency with insurmountable related and consequent problems to have to track down and solve later elsewhere.   

       My main hate in life is people on the other end of job interviews. That type of person blindly causes a whole catalogue of deep and expensive social problems further down and later, untraceable and un-maintainable and unaccountable.
Ian Tindale, Sep 09 2016
  

       By their nature, interviewers have to discriminate.   

       Where there are many applicants, but only one post to fill, a choice is inevitable.   

       Governments can pass endless laws forbidding discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, height, hair colour, disability, or musical preferences. But in the end, employers have to choose the individual most suited to the role, or they will be at a competitive disadvantage.
8th of 7, Sep 09 2016
  

       I'm not competitive, and dislike competition, therefore I'm unlikely to apply for a job that looks like I'll be competed against before I even get discriminated against.
Ian Tindale, Sep 09 2016
  

       And even less likely to win one, especially if any potential employers do a search on you and come up with your comments on this particular site...
RayfordSteele, Sep 09 2016
  

       Unless they're looking for someone who is not competitive...

There is a selection issue here: Job selection processes are biased towards people who are good at job applications and interviews irrespective of their actual job-relevant skills, so the workplace becomes full of the kind of people who are good at 'selling' themselves. It's an analogous problem to that of the selection of politicians, which is actually more serious - being a politician is risky, because you're exposed to media scrutiny and you could easily get voted out of office and be jobless, so it attracts people who have a high tolerance for risk in their lives. These people, when in office, then are comfortable taking risks (with Government policies, foreign wars, etc.) which most people would not be comfortable with. A political class made up of risk-takers is, of course, not representative of the general public which is a failure of the democratic process.
hippo, Sep 09 2016
  

       It's a fundamental and insurmountable flaw of representative democracy.
8th of 7, Sep 09 2016
  

       //Burqa-like garment for job interviews// the French would say "non" - shirley a point in its favour.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 09 2016
  

       Makes me wonder, in what job-bearing country, besides Britain perhaps and maybe France, which doesn't count, are native white guy Britons actively discriminated against?
RayfordSteele, Sep 09 2016
  

       Nazi Germany?
Ian Tindale, Sep 09 2016
  

       No, they gave jobs to Lord Haw-haw and P G Wodehouse …
8th of 7, Sep 09 2016
  

       Can interviewees be naked under the burka? Can they be subtly and spicily perfumed? Might this person be /'selling' themselves/? Is spicily a word?
bungston, Sep 09 2016
  

       // Can interviewees be naked under the burka? //   

       Minimal research indicates that, under their clothing, 97.3%* of humans are in fact completely naked.   

       // Can they be subtly and spicily perfumed? //   

       The two would appear to be mutually exclusive.   

       // Might this person be /'selling' themselves/? //   

       Yes, but that statement is open to misinterpretation, and quite possibly civil or indeed criminal proceedings.   

       // Is spicily a word? //   

       Yes.   

       *Don't ask.
8th of 7, Sep 09 2016
  

       +1 This would make interviews much easier for socially anxious people, as we would be judged on our actual merits rather than the superficial crap that HR types care about.
omegatron, Sep 09 2016
  

       What if a person doesn't have any actual merits? And yet they still regularly get sent bills that require payment.
Ian Tindale, Sep 10 2016
  

       They charge them to parlimentary expenses.
8th of 7, Sep 10 2016
  

       What's really needed is a remote control burka-like garment, with a canned set of responses to questions, so I can send it off to job interviews while I do something less tedious.
not_morrison_rm, Sep 10 2016
  

       What if it gets the job, and does it for you?
Ian Tindale, Sep 11 2016
  

       It's called "telepresence" ...
8th of 7, Sep 11 2016
  

       // Ultimately, what's actually wrong with an employer being selective? //   

       Nothing, for job-relevant characteristics. My idea doesn't block any of the things you listed, except perhaps leprosy.   

       // insurmountable //   

       Have you forgotten which bakery you're in?   

       // What if it gets the job, and does it for you? //   

       I don't see why this would be a problem.
notexactly, Sep 20 2016
  
      
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