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Given the plethora of unusual names that we see and hear each day, I became interested in whether names did, in fact, have any impact on the job search process. I asked my students to respond to the article in an online discussion forum and many of them expressed concern that a name may provide too much information to a prospective employer--in terms of ethnicity, national origin, gender, etc.
Have you ever experienced anything of this sort? Has an applicant's name ever had an impact on the search deliberations, either positively or negatively?
Thank you very much for considering my questions. Having seen many unusual names in the course of my teaching career, I am very curious to learn what you think about this topic.
Dr. K. Virginia Hemby, COI