by Ji-a Min
Originally published: June 8, 2017
The government of Canada recently made headlines for their blind hiring pilot project: removing candidates’ names before hiring managers review their applications.
Government officials state this blind hiring initiative is designed to “reduce unconscious bias” and “promote gender and ethnic equality.”
The original blind hiring experiments were conducted by orchestras when musicians started auditioning behind a screen to hide their gender.
This blind auditioning increased female musicians in the top symphony orchestras in the United States from less than 5% in 1970 to 25% in the 1990s.