10 November 2008
Video CVs 'could result in new form of discrimination'
The use of online video CVs as a means of selecting job candidates could lead to a new form of discrimination, it has been suggested.
According to Steve Huxham, chairman of the Recruitment Society, such technology would lead to a danger that people who are less photogenic would be overlooked by employers.
He said: "The danger is that ... people who are not necessarily the most photogenic people are being discriminated against because they do not have the same chance that very photogenic people might have on video CVs."
The expert added that such a recruitment process would be "highly unfair" on people who are not the most outgoing presenters, particularly as communication may have nothing to do with the job they are seeking.
Meanwhile, a Department for Communities and Local Government report published in January revealed that, over the last five years, the most frequently specified reason for why people felt that they had been turned down for a job was because of their age.