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Mikeyplum

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1,241 posts

54 months

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I am filling out an application form for an internal job position within my company and came accross the question:

"Company x is an equal opportunities employer. What do you do in your current role to promote equal opportunities within the workplace?"

Would "I am not a racist" suffice?

ETA - balls! just realised the 3 p's in the title!

this is not reflective of the quality of my application... much

doogz

23,119 posts

72 months

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Nothing. I judge people on their abilities and skills. I don't do "equal opportunity" I give the work to the person I think will do the best job of it. If that breaches the company "equal opportunities" regulations, give the work to the retards in the dept as well as the talented people, and we'll build warships from cardboard and sticky-back plastic.

It's a nonsense.

Amused2death

1,331 posts

81 months

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How about saying...." I promote equal opportunities for all by treating all people in the same proffessional manner. Irrespective of race, relegion, sexuality or any other identifying catagorizations" smile

ILoveMondeo

8,701 posts

111 months

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A line or two of

"I would ensure that no discrimination against age, race, sex or disability would take place ... blah blah blah..

So basically yes, but use more big words.

Also, it's not just race they are getting at.

Kozy

2,886 posts

103 months

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Surely the only correct answer here is 'I do not take race into consideration'?

You take on the best person for the job, it does not matter where they are from and if it does, then it's not equal, it's racist.
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crazy about cars

3,673 posts

54 months

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This is just a standard tick box exercise for their ISO accrediations.

TwigtheWonderkid

12,063 posts

35 months

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Kozy said:
Surely the only correct answer here is 'I do not take race into consideration'?
That might imply that you still discriminate on grounds of gender, sexuality, disability etc. Equal opportunities is about more than race.

Mikeyplum

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doogz said:
Nothing. I judge people on their abilities and skills. I don't do "equal opportunity" I give the work to the person I think will do the best job of it. If that breaches the company "equal opportunities" regulations, give the work to the retards in the dept as well as the talented people, and we'll build warships from cardboard and sticky-back plastic.

It's a nonsense.
hehe I agree.

Amused2death said:
How about saying...." I promote equal opportunities for all by treating all people in the same proffessional manner. Irrespective of race, relegion, sexuality or any other identifying catagorizations" smile
Cheers! I realised I needed to pad out my answer a bit more. But, as doogz said, it's such a nonsensical question!

V8mate

36,992 posts

74 months

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Mikeyplum said:
Would "I am not a racist" suffice?
Careful. It's a trap. Saying you're not almost certainy means you are. These HR types can see straight through your clever lies. You'll be on a disciplinary before you've even started.

Pablo Escobar

2,316 posts

74 months

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I promote equal opportunities by hating everyone regardless of sex, race or ability.

Kozy

2,886 posts

103 months

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TwigtheWonderkid said:
That might imply that you still discriminate on grounds of gender, sexuality, disability etc. Equal opportunities is about more than race.
You're right.

'I don't take anything into consideration. I put all the applicants names in a hat and select one at random.'

TwigtheWonderkid

12,063 posts

35 months

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Kozy said:
'I don't take anything into consideration. I put all the applicants names in a hat and select one at random.'
Years ago I worked for someone who picked out 10% of the job applications at random and binned them. His thinking was that the ones he picked were unlucky, and he didn't want any unlucky people working for him!

BlackVanDyke

8,607 posts

96 months

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What's your current job, OP? Public-facing?

Jasandjules

50,981 posts

114 months

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Is it a public sector job?

You can say that you do your best to ensure that no-one is discriminated against and that you treat your obligations under the Equality Act seriously.

kit80

4,749 posts

72 months

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I would mention and perhaps even read and reiterate parts of their Equal ops policy. It is all about the policies.

JudgeMental

6,901 posts

118 months

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TwigtheWonderkid said:
Kozy said:
'I don't take anything into consideration. I put all the applicants names in a hat and select one at random.'
Years ago I worked for someone who picked out 10% of the job applications at random and binned them. His thinking was that the ones he picked were unlucky, and he didn't want any unlucky people working for him!
rofl

chunkymonkey71

11,444 posts

83 months

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I often help ethnic mongs?

Mojooo

8,594 posts

65 months

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well dont let them know you use PH, not exactly the badge of people who dont stereotype. :P

oldbanger

2,605 posts

123 months

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There are now 9 strands of diversity - incl age, disability, religion, sex, sexuality, parenthood. Google protected characterics and equality act. So actually making any reasonable adjustments for coworkers and/or customers could come into this
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