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Recruiters Discriminate ‘in Seconds,’ Researchers Find

Those in the hiring seat at job interviews often decide whether they’re going to employ a candidate after hearing them speak just seven words. Yale University researchers found that recruiters make assumptions about people’s social class after just a few seconds of speech. They then make snap decisions. Michael Kraus, an assistant professor at Yale, said those doing the interviewing may not intentionally discriminate in this way, but it does happen. The practice “limits economic mobility and perpetuates inequality.”

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