Screening while Hiring

13 Jul

The involvement of people from Bangalore in the Glasgow terror plot has sent all IT companies scurrying back to the drawing board to evaluate their hiring policies.

Suddenly people are going to be profiled based on their religion. Is that fair?

But then can you blame companies for playing it safe? As the VP HR of a large software company told me, customers are subtly asking for team composition.

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12 Responses to “Screening while Hiring”

  1. gmohanprakash July 13, 2007 at 4:24 am #

    Calling all the people of the same race and looking with tainted colours is NOT right however, If I were running the business – to ensure that I dont get into trouble with law, it is ideal to do check of everybody, its a false sense of security for only checking a racial profile!!!

    Look at Sir osama, He has recruited the brightest, educated kid off the block and turned him into a killing machine – something an Indian would never be able to do and many theories were floated how an educated person can NOT be brain washed.

    So no theories work for ever, the IT/BT or any public place needs scrutiny of all people, animals and boxes so that lives can be saved.

  2. Veena July 13, 2007 at 6:07 am #

    These days the whole news paper is full of this news and here too…

    after somedays, IT companies may include some rules like the following in their dress code policy. No red tilaks/vibuthis allowed in the office campus. etc., which certainly is one thing religion related.

    Just think about the consulate gang and the VISA processing….!?!

  3. Srik July 13, 2007 at 6:50 am #

    ooooooooooooh! sounds craaaaaazzzy.

    But the Bangalore’s BAD Boyzz came to be terrorists only when they left India.. This is not fair.

  4. Ramesh July 13, 2007 at 8:31 am #

    Veena,
    I had a colleague who insisted on wearing his ‘Belli Udadaara'(silver waist-string) when he was travelling to US,,,,,needless to say, he was detained and questioned at every airport in US by the security…..remember the group of Indian travellers on a flight who were detained because they were speaking loudly and ‘suspiciously’ in their local language…..they now have sky-marshalls on the flights…imagine similar situations inside the office campus!!!!

  5. Vijay July 13, 2007 at 11:42 am #

    @Mohan: Better safe than sorry
    @Veena: I hope it never comes to that….interesting story on the VISA thing… on one hand these countries are desperate to woo Indian travelers.. on the other hand they
    @Srik: Thats a very valid point !!!
    @Ramesha: That will be very interesting…

  6. tarlesubba July 13, 2007 at 7:09 pm #

    ayyo rama!! hosa yark, lanDaNN, pyarees heege prapanchada doDDa doDD nagaragaLindella bandiyare inthoru. bengLoor yaa moole? ella ooru iddange namdoo ond ooru.
    yoore kya re anthilla, naavu sumne idanna doDD vishya maaDi hayya happa anta haaraDthidivi.

  7. Kannadada Kudi July 13, 2007 at 7:16 pm #

    Any kind of religious / racial profiling is wrong. There is no jusification for that. Imagine the fall out of such actions on brown skinned people (Indians) living abroad. If the employers would like to be cautious they can always check for criminal background and get references from previous employers. That’s about how far they can go. Being paranoid does not make anyone feel any safer.
    “countries are desperate to woo Indian travellers” .. you must be kidding. That’s the bubble that Bangaloreans live in.

  8. December Stud July 14, 2007 at 12:39 am #

    Profiling is certainly fair in this day and age. When I went through the security check point to board my flight to India last time, i was specifically asked to go through some “brand new machine” whereas the white dudes around me weren’t. I also saw that several other people who looked like me were asked to go through this extra secuity check.

    I have no problems with that. I can understand the reason. Even though they claimt hat it is ‘random’, it was quite obviously not. But, I agree that ti is needed, that’s just for all our safety. hey, no reason to complain.

  9. bachodi July 15, 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    They too don’t have any other go … they have to convince clients. And corresponding community will start blaming society , government .. This is never ending story

  10. Veena July 16, 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    Ramesh, BeLLi uDadaara LoL..

    Infact talking in local language at work place is also covered under policies…
    for some reason, many a times such discussion creap in during team meetings and project discussion which would keep the others puzzled.. then company HRs send courtesy emails not to do so…
    and such things are taught in cross culture trainings too 🙂

  11. Kannadada Kudi July 17, 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    DS,
    Getting checked several times during your international journey, although inconvenient is not life changing. However, if your job application were to be rejected solely based on your name/race / religion / language … now that would be something to think about. Don’t you agree? Imagine if a person named ” S. Kumar” were to get invovled with some terrorist act in the future. Should all people that go by the last name “Kumar” be refused employment .. in the name of security?
    This specific post talks about changing hiring policies based on religion. I for one think that it is totally unfair and uncalled for. There are good and bad fruits in every basket, throwing away an entire basket just because you found one rotten fruit doesn’t make sense. Profiling people based on religion does not make much sense either.

  12. Ramesh July 18, 2007 at 6:17 am #

    A couple of years ago, I happened to be visiting a Government Organisation in Mumbai, and those days there were a series of bomb blasts in Mumbai and the threat perception was very high. I saw a casual contract labourer being turned back from the security gate itself just because he belonged to a particular religion. You bet he lost that day’s wages. Its not fair – but it happens.

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