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Job Discrimination against Foreign Sounding Names

job-interviewJob discrimination against foreign sounding names is confirmed based on a UBC Research Study of 6000 mock resumes sent out to 2000 online job postings in 20 categories in the Toronto area.

A complete foreign name as as “Deng Xiao Ping” has a 40% less chance of landing interviews, compared to a mixed name such as “Peter Deng” which has a 20% less chance of landing interviews.

Callbacks nearly doubled when applicants with foreign-sounding names held at least one previous Canadian jobs.  This shows that Canadian employers put great emphasis on Canadian experience over Canadian education, and a foreign sounding name can imply lack of Canadian experience.

“The findings suggest that a distinct foreign-sounding name may be a significant disadvantage on the job market even if you are a second- or third-generation citizen,” said Philip Oreopoulos, a professor of economics at UBC who led the research.