Can a US employer require a job seeker to disclose race and gender before granting an interview?
I've just applied for a job, and the first contact I've received from the internal recruiters is an email link to a voluntary self-identification form. The form prompts me to indicate my gender and ethnic group(s) and also gives me the choice to not disclose.
I would have no problem disclosing my ethnicity under different circumstances
, but really don't like the idea of having to do so so early in the recruitment process. Can't help but wonder if this information will really be kept separate from my application. (Why else would they want this information now?)
I'm concerned about being labeled before speaking with them.
I'm concerned that one of my race checkboxes may be overrepresented in the company and industry.
I'm concerned that my other race checkbox may also be overrepresented, disliked, whatever.
I hope I am just overthinking things.
My question: Should I select my race and take my chances or be a troublemaker and choose not to disclose? Also, how common is this practice? I otherwise respect this well-known company, really want the job, and do want to be as helpful as I can. Thanks!