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*** The event date has been moved from Wednesday, Nov 22 to Wednesday, Nov 29***

The What's Your Impact? Series are a series of informal lunchtime conversations focused on encouraging dialogue with participants about specific topics in an effort to create a more inclusive learning, working and living environment for all Ryerson community members.

Join Tanya ( Toni) De Mello in a session about "The problem with "fit" - ie. asking - is this person the right 'fit" for us?"

The problem with "fit" - ie. asking - is this person the right 'fit" for us?

This talk will tackle what is commonly called the 'fit' interview, an interview technique or practice for assessing how well-suited a candidate is to a given company or organization. Fit interviews are defined in the literature as the incorporation of criteria used for evaluation in hiring processes that extends beyond the evaluation of skills to determine whether the candidate’s ‘on-the-job’ behaviour is consistent with the organization’s ‘culture’ — its values and expectations.Hiring managers use the ‘fit interview’ to review the candidate’s ‘soft skills’ and seek to determine whether there is sufficient alignment between the candidate’s professed values and those of the organization. This measure is so important that many organizations prioritize a candidate’s ‘fit’ over their productivity, past experience and technical skills. The fit interview is becoming more and more widely used in the recruitment of employees in Canada.

There is a small and emerging body of work however, that indicates that the “fit interview” may be blocking the career paths of job seekers who come from immigrant and marginalized backgrounds. This would include but is not limited to: new immigrants, folks of lower socio-economic status, queer folks, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized folks.This talk will shed light on this technique and offer ways in which attendees can build partnerships with each other and with employers to raise awareness about the potential perils of this practice.

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Tanya (Toni) De Mello started as an economist, working in business in the day and in the community at night.

After working as a Management Consultant for several years and co-founding two local NGOs in her free time that engaged youth in service.

She did her Master degree in Public Policy at Princeton University, where she first started learning about unconscious bias.

She then went to work in peace building, through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva and later in the UNHCR Field Office for Emergency Relief through the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

She is now a human rights lawyer and she is currently working in the civil rights realm as the Director of Human Rights at Ryerson University. She deals with discrimination, harassment and sexual violence. Toni ran for office (for the Federal government in 2015) and well, she lost. But she continues to be extremely engaged in civic life and community service.

She is doing her doctoral research at the University of Toronto on the concept of "fit" in hiring practices. She is trying to understand how seemingly "neutral" interviewing practices can serve as a barrier to marginalized communities.

Desired pronouns: she/her

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