Norwegian managers prefer their less qualified compatriots to those more qualified from other countries, research shows.
The study, carried out by Jøri Gytre Horverak from the University of Bergen, was based on trials given to 436 Norwegian employers.
In one of the experiments, employers were given three candidates to choose from, two of which were ethnic Norwegians. The other was either Norwegian or Turkish.
In another, some employers watched videos of candidates talking about their lives and their families. The nationalities were as with the first experiment..
The research found that immigrants that had integrated more into Norwegian society were as likely to be chosen by an employer as a native Norwegian candidate was. Those that had remained close to their original culture were less likely to be hired.
“Leaders who scored low on prejudice, and high on emotional stability and flexibility were more inclined to hire the Turkish candidate,” Jøri Gytre Horverak told NRK.
She believes employers acted this way partly due to preferring candidates similar to themselves as well as not having experience working with foreign employees.
“Most of the managers in our study reported a very low proportion of foreign workers in their own department. It is also possible that they were not really trained to work closely with foreign workers."