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Resumes with English names more likely to get interviews in Canada

A new study published on May 20th by Metropolis B.C. has found that Canadians with English names have a greater chance of landing a job than those with Chinese, Indian or Pakistani names. In fact, after sending out thousands of resumés, the study found those with an English name like Jill Wilson and John Martin received 40 per cent more interview callbacks than the identical resumés with names like Sana Khan or Lei Li.

Philip Oreopoulos, an economics professor at the University of B.C, and his team of five research assistants composed 6,000 resumés to represent applicants with English or non-English names and sent them to 2,000 different job postings offered by Canadian employers in the Greater Toronto Area, between May and October last year. He found that resumés with foreign names could only improve their chances of getting a job if they had Canadian or British work experience. In fact, callbacks nearly doubled with the addition of just one previous job in Canada. Another interesting finding was that, Chinese resumes that had English first names increased the chances of getting a callback.

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Comment from Jester theFool
Time May 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

If Canada, one of the most tolerant countries in the world, is like that, imagine the immigrant in other countries.

Comment from Hajj Mhammad
Time May 25, 2009 at 7:21 PM

@Jester: I think the stats inside show a bit more “sincerity” than the title claims. “In fact, callbacks nearly doubled with the addition of just one previous job in Canada.” What this shows is that many employers are more interested in the developed-country / Canadian experience.

This statement also pushes in that direction: “Another interesting finding was that, Chinese resumes that had English first names increased the chances of getting a callback.” Since the English first names hint for a second ore higher generation immigrant, it can mean that employers are looking for people who know “how things work” in Canada. If anything, this stat shows positive discrimination (since when are Asians smarter? Not at UofO!)

I haven’t seen the vid, but it would have been interesting if the survey also took into consideration the other side of the fence.
/HM

Comment from Liliane
Time May 30, 2009 at 12:13 PM

lol… but you know i’m not so surprised

Comment from Kio
Time July 17, 2009 at 7:11 AM

and this is surprising because?
no matter how objective or professional employers may be; all chances being equal, they will definitely opt for the CV that most resembles them.
For them, an English name implies a candidate who’s more likely to “fit in” at their organization or have similar values.

Nice blog Rabih.

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Comment from Eman Dabbous
Time November 4, 2013 at 5:42 AM

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