‘Culture fit’ feels like racism to many visible minorities

Canadian executives call it “lack of fit.” Visible minorities call it prejudice.
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/11/2004

Visible minorities say systemic racism still plagues many Canadian organization and creates a “sticky floor” which limits the opportunities for advancement and promotion, according to a study from the Conference Board of Canada.

For example, the heavy emphasis recruiters and hiring managers place on culture fit when considering applicants for a job makes it difficult for visible minorities to move into senior positions.

Fit or suitability for a job often comes down to chemistry between hiring manager and job candidate. “Visible minority candidates who had been unable to create a rapport with hiring managers due to different backgrounds and ethnicity left the interviews feeling that prejudice may have been to blame,” states