Macfarlanes rolls out CV-blind policy to training contract applicants

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  • What about the initial bias at the HR or graduate recruitment team level who have strict mandates from said partners when it comes to selecting the candidates? I guess there isn't any quick fix to that problem, but most candidates will still be coming from the same backgrounds, so what impact will CV-blind interviews really have?

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  • Have to agree with Anon above.

    Cannot see any real positive impact of CV-blind. I firmly believe that the graduate recruitment team will select candidates based on a criteria the partners have already set. CV-blind was introduced to reduce Oxbridge bias by top law firms, but I imagine it will be very easy for the partner to ask at the interview what university the applicant attended, therefore not really making the process 'cv-blind' at all.

    However, I think the introduction of CV-blind as a whole is a clear attempt by the industry to try and become fairer in their hiring practices.

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  • This sounds like the CV-blind aspect of the assessment day only applies to one activity and that there will be a second more traditional interview, where the partners will know precisely where candidates have studied? This is a lazy ploy by Macfarlanes to appear to be making progress.

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