Unemployed Black Woman Pretends To Be White & Job Offers Suddenly Skyrocket
In 2012 a 2 year-unemployed Yolanda Spivey conducted a experiment to see exactly why she wasn’t receiving any job offer. With ten years of experience she was well qualified in the industry she was seeking employment in, yet she received not one call to come in for a interview.
Yolanda decided to see what would happen if she kept everything on her resume exactly the same except for her name. So using a popular job website Yolanda created a fake account under the name Bianca White and kept all of her employment history and educational background exactly the same. She removed her home phone number, but kept her listed cell phone number, and changed her cell phone greeting to say, “You have reached Bianca White. Please leave a message.” Lastly she listed Bianca as a White woman on the diversity questionnaire, and then activated the account.
According to the article Yolanda wrote about the experiment the very same day, she received a phone call. The next day, her phone line and Bianca’s email address, were packed with potential employers calling for an interview. What was even more shocking to her was that some employers were calling Bianca more than once, desperate to get an interview with her. One job even wanted “Bianca” to relocate to a different state, all expenses paid, should she be willing to make that commitment.
At the end of the one week experiment “Bianca” had received a total of nine phone calls and seven emails. Where as Yolanda had received zero phone calls and two emails. In the end, a total of twenty-four employers had looked at Bianca’s resume while only ten looked at Yolandas’.
What made Yolanda try out this experiment?
I embarked on this little experiment because of a young woman I met while I was in school. She was a twenty-two-year-old Caucasian woman who, like myself, was about to graduate. She was so excited about a job she had just gotten with a well-known sporting franchise. She had no prior work experience and had applied for a clerical position, but was offered a higher post as an executive manager making close to six figures. I was curious to know how she’d been able to land such a position. She was candid in telling me that the human resource person who’d hired her just “liked” her and told her that she deserved to be in a higher position.
WOW!! You can check out Yolanda’s full story here.