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8 April 2024
15:15 - 16:45
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Seminar: dr. Sayaka Osanami Törngren – Where and what do recruiters look at when they select CVs?

Abstract: A large body of research has established a consensus that racial discrimination in CV screening occurs and persists. Nevertheless, we still know very little about how recruiters look at the CV and how this is connected to the discriminatory patterns. This article examines the way recruiters view and select CVs and how they reason about their CV selection choices. 40 respondents (20 pairs) who are real-life recruiters were asked to individually rate 10 fictious CVs where race (signaled by face image) and ethnicity (signaled by name) were systematically manipulated, select the top three candidates, and then discuss their choices in pairs to decide on a single top candidate. Using eye-trackers our study enabled analysis on whether respondents’ choices were associated with the parts of the CV they looked at, and how they reasoned and justified their choices through dialog. The results showed that there were no significant differences in time spent looking at the CV across different racial groups. The dialog data gave a glimpse of how respondents assess different CVs by making assumptions about the candidates’ job and organizational fit through limited information on the CVs. For the full paper on which this presentation is based, see

Bio: Sayaka Osanami Törngren is Associate Professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) and based at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare. Osanami Törngren’s research interests are questions related to race and racialization, racism and discrimination, and inequality. She has an extensive experience in conducting and managing externally funded research (EU and national funding). Her work involves international and cross-sectoral collaboration. She received her B.A. from Sophia University, Tokyo and Ph.D. from Malmö/Linköping University (a joint program). Her dissertation “Love Ain’t Got No Color- Attitudes toward Interracial Marriage in Sweden” was awarded the Malmö University’s Dissertation of the Year (2012). Osanami Törngren is also associate editor for the Race and Ethnicity section of Sociology Compass, vice-chair of Nordic Migration Research, and co-chair of IMISCOE Standing Commitee Race, Racism and Discrimination (RACED).


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