Does opting out of contextual recruitment info affect my applications?Watch
I've been applying to some first-year schemes, and I've noticed almost every firm uses Rare Recruitment's contextualised recruitment info, or some variant of it unique to them.
Usually, I opt out of disclosing anything - even though I'm sure some of the points, like working during school, postcode, and ethnicity would work in my favour, I'm not really comfortable providing such information to law firms. I don't trust firms with so much personal information, especially with how frequent data breaches are, and when applications are so long it saves time to opt out of everything. Wherever possible, I put "Prefer not to say".
My question is, does this make a significant difference to my application? At the review stage, it seems as though law firms will see I have refused to disclose it. I'm wondering if it gives an impression that I don't care about taking the time to enter it, or if not having the algorithm rank me, it disadvantages my application.
Has anyone heard anything from Graduate Recruitment teams/their university career departments about this? Should I start entering the criteria?
Edit: just editing to clarify - even if you were to fill out the form and you weren't a member of a disadvantaged group or anything it's still really, really unlikely to disadvantage your application. Recruitment in any business or firm often has 'quotas' but they're not as strict as to give a disadvantaged group member an advantage.