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Doctoral project: Multiple categorization in resume screening: Stereotype content perspective

This doctoral student research project focuses on investigation of how multiple categories that a job applicant belongs to are perceived by an employer and influence subsequent discriminatory judgments and hiring decisions.

Project information

Doctoral student
Andrea Strinic
Psychology (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

More about the project

In order to be successful in the hiring process, the applicant very often has to successfully pass the resumé screening stage and be invited for an interview. This is also the stage of hiring where recent field experimental research has shown that discrimination on diverse grounds in many countries worldwide has been identified (Bertrand and Duflo, 2017).

So far, a great portion of discrimination research has given insight into discriminatory decisions based on one social category or group (e.g. sex or race). For further understanding, this research project is trying to address the fact that more than one demographic characteristic that is a possible ground for discrimination can be present on a resumé. Thus, the main question is posed of how will hiring decision makers make the overall impression of a candidate with respect to their multiple group membership.

More specifically, this doctoral student research project focuses on how job applicants with regards to the intersection of their demographic characteristics of ethnicity (Swedish/Arabic), gender (female/male), age (55 years of age/30 years of age), and homosexuality (homosexual/not mentioned) will be perceived in the resumé screening stage of hiring. In order to achieve this, the project will also focus on how the stereotype content model (SCM) can be applied to multiple group membership perception and subsequent behavior.

The project is part of the research in the Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies.