- Mar 3, 2018
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I have no doubts that this is true, particularly knowing the company known as Wells Fargo, who was caught opening fraudulent accounts in their customers' names without their knowledge or consent.
Wells Fargo interviewed me just to meet its diversity criteria. I felt less than human when I found out.Urooba JamalWed, June 22, 2022, 4:29 AM·3 min readDon Banks (L) had two interviews with Wells Fargo that he, was later told, were conducted to meet the bank's diversity policy.Don Banks/Pablo Monsalve/VIEWpress via Getty Images/Insider
- In 2016 and 2017, Don Banks had two job interviews with Wells Fargo but never heard back.
- The New York Times later told him he was among those interviewed to fulfill diversity requirements.
- This is Banks' experience of those interviews, as told to Insider's Urooba Jamal.This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Don Banks, a financial advisor from Monroe, Louisiana, about his experience of being interviewed by Wells Fargo and later learning the bank only conducted these to fulfill a policy of interviewing more diverse candidates. It has been edited for length and clarity.In 2016 and 2017, I interviewed for financial-advisor roles at Wells Fargo. Both times, I had a general interview and was told I would be advancing to the next stage with the hiring manager.The meetings were due to be on the phone and were scheduled, but never happened. I didn't receive any response after they didn't take place.At the time, I thought those were interviews that just didn't work out. But later, The New York Times reached out to me and said someone had given them my name as one of the victims of Wells Fargo's false interviews. They told me someone — who remained anonymous — had knowledge about false interviews conducted by the bank for diverse candidates like me, which included other people of color and women.I thought back on what happened, and it made sense why I never got a response.It's frustrating to know that I was a part of this process; it made me feel less than human. How are we having this issue in 2022?
I thought I was an actual candidate Wells Fargo was consideringThere were some opportunities at the company that were close to where I lived, and I was supposed to speak to someone about the next step.When the scheduled meetings never happened, I didn't get any message about rescheduling or anything else.I tried to call the recruiter back, but I was never able to get hold of them.