How to inspire, rather than instruct, recruiters to select diverse ethnicities

Simon A. Moss, Gretchen Ennis, Kerstin K. Zander, J. Mark Davis, Samuel G. Wilson, Nektarios Alexi

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    Abstract

    Recruiters often reject a candidate who belongs to another ethnic community. Arguably, initiatives that motivate people to develop capabilities, rather than prevent failures, might foster positive attitudes towards diverse communities. To asses this possibility, 198 participants read two job applications. The name of one applicant indicated this person belonged to a different ethnic community to the participants. Participants evaluated these applicants and then completedmeasures of goal orientation. Individuals who reported amotivation to develop capabilities expressedmore favorable attitudes towards the person whombelonged to a different ethnic community. Arguably, recruiters and managers who are granted more time to develop their capabilities might not be as likely to discriminate against diverse ethnic communities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)116-130
    Number of pages15
    JournalHellenic Journal of Psychology
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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