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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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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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