Unemployed Needn’t Apply: Unemployment Status, Legislation, and Interview Requests

Tiffany M. Trzebiatowski, Connie R. Wanberg, Karyn Dossinger

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This research investigates whether and when a job applicant’s unemployment status (i.e., employed, short-term unemployed, or long-term unemployed) affects the probability of receiving an interview request by examining interview request rates in the presence of versus absence of unemployment status antidiscrimination legislation. In response to 3,335 fictitious resumes sent to 1,237 online job postings in Los Angeles and New York City, we received an overall interview request rate of 10.37. Long-term unemployed applicants were less likely to receive an interview request than short-term unemployed applicants in Los Angeles but not in New York City, which has unemployment status antidiscrimination legislation. These findings are supplemented with self-report survey data about perceptions of the unemployed from 200 hiring personnel in New York City and Los Angeles. Practical and theoretical implications are discussed for the unemployment, job search, and selection literatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1380-1407
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

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  • interviews
  • job search
  • legal issues and employment law
  • selection
  • unemployment discrimination


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