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Book: Linguistic Penalties and the Job Interview

Chapter: Linguistic Footprints

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.25084


This final chapter is about practical relevance and making a difference. It stems from trying to affect some kind of institutional change with my own research for quite a long time and from my continuing frustration with the role of the job interview and other face-to-face assessments in producing inequality. After a brief discussion of the current debates about application and ‘impact’, I explore the possibilities of combining independent and critical research with practical outcomes and partnerships with organizations. These ideas are then worked through two case studies: one based on the research analysed in this book and one from a medical setting.

Chapter Contributors

  • Celia Roberts ( - celiaroberts) 'King's College, London'