The blind hiring system sparks controversy


The government’s announcement to put in place a “blind” recruitment system for all public jobs to ensure fair competition in the hiring process has met with mixed reactions from job seekers. , sparking a controversy over reverse discrimination.

Under a plan unveiled on Wednesday, all state-run organizations will be banned from asking candidates for office to reveal their educational and family backgrounds, personal details and physical attributes to ensure rules of the game. fair game.

While some job seekers hailed the move, others shouted shame, saying it would discriminate against those who have studied hard to get into prestigious universities and get good grades.

“I think the blind hiring system is good because I think it’s a better way to further assess candidates. If one is skilled enough, one can find a job even without revealing the names of the school they attended, ”said Lee Hyun-song, 24, a graduate of a university outside of Seoul, Korea. Herald.

“The system will be able to distinguish applicants based on professional skills and abilities,” she said.

Amid the competitive job market, it is common for Korean employers to ask potential applicants about possible discriminatory factors such as the age, sex, height, weight, marital status and even occupation of their employees. parents in application forms or interviews.

The hiring process has also been criticized for putting too much emphasis on school names, school records and English test results.
“In general, I agree with the blind screening system,” said Park Seong-ha, 27.

“But I am against the government’s policy of giving benefits to students in schools outside of Seoul. It’s contradictory. ”

President Moon Jae-in has ordered his cabinet to draw up plans for state organizations outside Seoul to provide at least 30 percent of their new recruits with graduates from schools in the cities where they are based, citing the need for a regional development balance.

Opponents say the proposed system would deny years of efforts by job seekers to get accepted into elite schools and get good grades, what some call “reverse discrimination.”

“I don’t see it in a positive light. I think not being able to reveal the name of my school will be at a disadvantage for me, ”said a 24-year-old student who graduated from one of Seoul’s top universities. “I don’t think my college degree has anything to do with my ability to do a job.

Another job seeker disputes the effectiveness of the system.

“I don’t know why they say it’s fair. What is the point of public education if those who graduate from good schools cannot be rewarded? Said Park Sung-jun, 30.

“And by not requiring a school name, language test scores and academic records, companies would be requiring other things such as internship experience. But internship chances are only granted. to those who already have good qualifications anyway. “

The government will issue a detailed directive later this month and write a standardized resume to use in the hiring process. He also said he would not force but encourage private companies to follow his example.

According to a survey by the job portal Job Korea of ​​418 human resources managers, 80.9% of them said they would consider adopting the system in their company.

By Ock Hyun-ju ([email protected])

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