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When ad agencies focus on culture in the hiring process, a culture of exclusion can instead be created


Interview questions such as, “What’s your favorite TV show?” may seem innocuous: If you’re hiring someone, you might want to make sure they have things in common with other people at the company. But Shareen Pathak writes that ad agencies that have emphasized culture in the hiring process through similar questions are actually excluding people not like those already at the company. Pathak explains: “[The] underlying the notion of culture is the notion that there’s an organizational ethos that by definition excludes some people. At a time when agencies are wondering how they can become more diverse, it might make sense to turn attention to the culture fetish — and whether it can be a convenient cover for having a mono-culture.”

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