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Asynchronous video interviews (AVIs) have become popular toolsfor applicant selection. Although AVIs are standardized, extant researchremains silent on whether this novel interview format could introduce newforms of bias. Because many applicants complete AVIs from their homes, theirvideo background could provide evaluators with information about stigmatizingfeatures that (a) are usually “invisible” in traditional selection contextsbut become observable in AVIs, (b) are not always legally protected, and (c)can impact evaluators’ judgments. Across three experimental studies, weexamined how cues indicating parental status (Study 1), sexual orientation(Study 2), and political affiliation (Study 3) can impact perceptions ofapplicant warmth and competence and ratings of interview performance andpotential work performance. The effect of background information varied bystigmatized feature. Applicants depicted as parents were perceived to behigher on warmth and received higher interview performance ratings but werenot evaluated more negatively on competence or potential work performance.There was no effect of sexual orientation on any outcome variables. However,applicants who supported the same political party as the evaluator wereviewed as warmer and received higher ratings of interview performance andpotential work performance. Thus, organizations should encourage applicantsto use neutral backgrounds.