We see the recent developments, the struggle of the BLM movement, the hardships faced by the LGBT community and way too many other forms of discrimination in respect to age, gender, ability, descent, etc. reported almost every day. And we see their effects on social equality, job opportunities and the pursuit of happiness for each and everyone on this planet.
Like most companies, we strongly believe in ourselves to be an equal oppportunity employer. And we also believe with all our heart that we do not base -nor have ever based- our recruitment decisions on anything irrelevant in regards to the work we do. And it’s very easy to kick back into that warm fuzzy feeling of being one of the ‘good ones’ and don’t dwell on the apparent problem… of others. Not us.
Yet: Are we really as fair as we believe we are? Don’t we judge at all? And most importantly: Can we be 100% sure of this?
The unfortunate answer is: No, we can not be sure. People in general are biased. Maybe not consciously, but certainly unconsciously. They are biased by socialisation, by personal experiences, their childhood, the news, and on and on…. And people -obviously- includes us as well. Thus, we are very likely also biased in one way or another. If we’re aware of it or not. If we like it or not.
This insight is irritating . Because we want to be better than this. But it’s also encouraging: Realising this fact and feeling this irritation are the first steps in actively tackling and eventually overcoming a potential bias.
Thus we decided to change our recruitment process and strip away everything that might trigger any unconscious bias we possibly might have – for as long as possible. Therefor:
Very likely, in going forward, we need that information at one point… After all, it would be nice to know, how to call you and if there’s a paper stating you actually received that Ph.D. in rocket science… But to start the whole process this information is not yet necessary and we want to make sure that we only judge your application by your motivation, your qualification and