Does Your Name Affect Your Chances of Landing a Job?

My son has a name that is very common in some parts of the world but not very common in the United States. When you hear a person's name, do certain thoughts and associations come to mind? I started thinking about how birth names might affect a job seeker's candidacy and wondering if they can actually play a role in the hiring process. Here are three situations where I think in some cases, a job seeker's name could potentially influence the hiring decision.

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Pete and Marge

Douglas, it's IPSA not ISPSA ~~~

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February 13 2012 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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October 11 2011 at 4:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blodwen Mary Shorthouse

I would like to land a part time job. Will my name hold me back?

January 25 2011 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Douglas

Of course your name can keep you from getting hired. I can be honest now. I worked for over 30 years with one of the three largest banks in the country. You have no idea how many African Americans didn't even get to the interview process because of their "pride names" or "misspelling" of common names. Anyone who doesn't get this and thinks it's racist is either uneducated or myopic. I suspect the following posts will describe each individual. "res ispsa loquitur." Look it up liberals..

January 25 2011 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gramorrison123

My real name is Danny Dodo, would you hire me ?

January 25 2011 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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