One quarter of hiring managers say they're less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants, poll

More than a quarter of hiring managers said they assume whether a candidate is Jewish based on how they look.

Updated: November 29, 2022 - 8:13am

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A new poll shows 26% of hiring managers in the U.S. say they are "less likely to move forward with hiring Jewish applicants."

The Resume Builder survey released Monday, and based on a poll by the online survey company Pollfish, also found 26% of respondents assume whether candidates are Jewish based on how they look.

Reluctance to hire Jews was the highest among black hiring managers, 34.6%, the poll showed. 

Additionally, 17% of hiring managers said they have been told by company leadership to not hire Jewish applicants.

However, the accuracy of the findings are being questioned.

The nonprofit news gathering group Forward, which covers news relevant to American Jews, reports a Resume Builder spokesperson acknowledged the company did not take steps to ensure the respondents matched the actual demographics of hiring managers. 

"We need to see some sort of information to justify any conclusions that these hiring managers are a good enough representation of all hiring managers," the spokesperson told Forward.

The survey was released after a series of public comments widely perceived to antisemitic by high-profile celebrities such as NBA player Kyrie Irving, comedian Dave Chappelle and the rapper Ye.

Data from the Anti-Defamation League shows antisemitic incidents have increased nearly 45% in 2022 compared to this time last year.