Question:The issues this articles raises include, why would a company invest its resources, time, and money, to someone less qualified to look good on paper? Another, why would a supervisor end up offering a job to both? You'd be restructuring just to settle because feelings might be hurt. I feel as though I don't necessarily agree with that. If you want the business to excel and be the most successful, you would hire the most qualified candidate right? The decision shouldn't have to weigh so heavily on race, gender, or any other non-traditional person should it? "Postdiscrimination" anybody?
Answer: I definitely agree with the issue that people should not be hired to a company based on their race, gender, social status, or sexual orientation. People should be hired based on their qualifications for the job and their character. Unfortunately, some employers do not know how to look past some of these issues and judge someone's qualifications for the job based on something completely irrelevant like a person's name or their accent. It is ridiculous to think you can judge a person's intelligence from something like a name or the way they speak. On the other hand, I do believe that many employers do hire a minority to meet a special quota. I don't think a business would put their company in such jeopardy that they would hire a minority with no qualifications, but I do think that sometimes if there is a white person and a minority with practically the same qualifications and experience for the job that the minority would be the one hired. I wish that there was some way companies could do a blind interview so that there would be less discrimination when hiring potential employees. Unfortunately I don't think there is going to be any sort of revelation on this issue anytime soon. People will, and always will have their preconceived notions about certain types of people and we judge on a daily basis without even knowing it. The only thing we can do is try to become more aware of when we are judging for nonsensical reasons and judge someone based on their character and not their gender or skin color.