The City of Helsinki tests anonymous job applications in the City’s recruitment process. The goal of the test is to shift focus especially on the applicants’ skills and work experience. Anonymous job applications are pilot tested at the City of Helsinki Youth Department.
The City is actively seeking means to promote equal opportunity and diversity in recruitment. Other workplaces have discovered that anonymous job applications benefit ethnic minorities and can also decrease discrimination on the basis of gender, age and atypical career histories, promoting equal opportunities for everybody to be recruited.
The City envisions that the test should encourage people to seek employment with the City irrespective of their native language, nationality, age, gender, possible disability or sexual orientation.
When submitting an anonymous job application, the applicant fills in an electronic application form in the City recruitment system as normal. After this, the personal information is deleted: name, address, age, gender, place of birth, marital status, family information, nationality and native language. The deletion procedure is carried out by a different officer than the one who invites the applicant to the job interview and who makes the final recruitment decision.
The anonymous application procedure extends only to the job interview stage. Before the interview, the interviewer has access only to the applicant’s profession, professional degree, the level of the degree, previous employment, tasks performed in previous employment and skills. The applicant’s personal and social qualifications in relation to the tasks at hand are assessed in the interview and possibly by consulting references.