If we stop and think about it, we quickly realise that there are all kinds of people in every nationality. In this respect, all nationalities are alike. No matter what nationality someone is, only their skills count when it comes to getting a job. You should never conclude from someone’s foreign name that they cannot speak Estonian or don’t know how to work.
Anna has a foreign surname. Let’s see how she does in the job interview.
Anna is 28 years old. She graduated with honours from a prestigious university. She already has quite a lot of professional experience.
Anna is applying for a job for which her education and experience are a good match. She sends her CV to the company. Unfortunately, she soon receives a letter telling her she didn’t get the job. The letter states that she doesn’t have the necessary skills.
Anna is not even invited for an interview. Because she has a Russian name, the employer immediately assumes that Anna doesn’t speak Estonian well enough. Anna is very disappointed. She asks the employer to solve the problem differently.
The employers agree that they will initially read anonymous CVs and letters of motivation. They promise that after the interview, they will give each applicant a detailed explanation of why they were not hired.
Thanks to this agreement, Anna gets a very good job. The employer is also happy with her. Truth be told, Anna has no difficulties with Estonian.