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How to Address Discrimination During the Hiring Process

William Frierson AvatarWilliam Frierson
September 23, 2015

Job candidates should keep an eye out for discrimination during the hiring process. If for any reason candidates suspect discrimination, they should follow expert Janine Truitt’s helpful advice for addressing this touchy situation in an appropriate manner.

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In the following interview, Janine explains how to handle discrimination during the hiring process.

During the hiring process, how would you suggest candidates appropriately address suspected discrimination without bringing negative attention to themselves, thereby eliminating themselves from the candidate pool?

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Janine Truitt, Owner/Chief Innovations Officer for Talent Think Innovations, LLC

The bigger question in all of this is “Why do you still want to be employed by this company at all?” I understand being blind-sided by something like discrimination and still feeling like the position is the “alpha and omega” of jobs. However, if the employer is doing something inappropriate in the hiring process, I can assure you that it will be worse when you become an employee.

You should always raise questions regarding situations and things you are not 100% comfortable with during the hiring process. You can say things like: “Is it your policy to (fill-in-the-blanks)?”

By asking it this way, you tie back the suspect behavior to a policy without blatantly saying, “I am being discriminated against.” Wait for the answer and decide for yourself.


Janine is the Owner/Chief Innovations Officer for Talent Think Innovations, LLC, a talent management consulting firm. She is also the Founder and Chief Blogger at “The Aristocracy of HR”. Her career spans over ten years in HR. Janine is a dynamic speaker, entrepreneur, and an important and respected voice bringing business savvy to the discipline of HR. A globally-known figure in Human Resources and Business, she contributes for, Performance i Create, and Womeneur™, and, where she isn’t afraid to tackle the obstacles and issues facing employers and employees alike. She has been quoted by , SHRM, US News Careers and has been featured by Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur and Ebony Magazines.

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