This post is really meant for all forums.

When I apply for a job should I disclose my race and ethnicity in the "optional" section? Personally I feel it might work in my disadvantage by the way things have been evolving in the US during the past 10-15 years.
While this is an "optional section," which is not used to judge the applicant, all of these employers who ask for my race/ethnic info also claim that they are equal opportunity employers etc... I would hate for the color of my skin and my lack of "enhancing a diverse environment" in the work place to be valued more than my actual skill set. I'm almost disgusted that I even have to ponder whether or not to fill in the section.

To what extent do employers make a decision based on my race and ethnicity?

I'd appreciate your thoughts.

Thanks in advance.

Comments (4)


If you're Native American, I'd put that down.

The WSO Advantage - Land Your Dream Job

Financial Modeling Training

IB Templates, M&A, LBO, Valuation.

Wall St. Interview Secrets Revealed

30,000+ sold & REAL questions.

Resume Help from Finance Pros

Land More Interviews.

Find Your Mentor

Realistic Mock Interviews.


Employers mainly do it to collect information on diversity for outside literature (it's a huge selling point to people on campuses and business schools). Given the trends in corporate social responsibility over the past ten years, publishing information on diversity has simply become more commonplace and it isn't intended to be explicitly used in a discriminatory fashion. Though it may help in the sense that firms are trying to step up their diversity efforts.

Chasing Consultants, Breaking Bankers


Put it down, its no add or minus. No one is looking to take or not take you


To unlock this content for free, please login / register below.

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • LinkeIn
  • Twitter
Connecting helps us build a vibrant community. We'll never share your info without your permission. Sign up with email or if you are already a member, login here Bonus: Also get 6 free financial modeling lessons for free ($200+ value) when you register!

What's Your Opinion? Comment below:

Login or register to get credit (collect bananas).
All anonymous comments are unpublished until reviewed. No links or promotional material will be allowed. Most comments are published within 24 hours.
WallStreet Prep Master Financial Modeling