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Minimising Bias in Recruitment

Here at HR Star we like to focus on continuous learning, enabling us to grow, learn and pass this knowledge on to our clients. With this in mind, I signed myself up to a webinar named ‘Minimising bias in recruitment’. With minimal knowledge on the topic, I tuned in to the hour-long session and came away with some really interesting information which made me reflect on both our recruitment and our clients.

The webinar stated that when we use LinkedIn and look at head hunting candidates, we are automatically bias as we contact individuals that we resonate with. For example, if you’re a female recruiter you may tend to contact more female candidates regarding a role. Knowing this now, highlights the importance of considering other candidates to ensure you are broadening your search and not losing out on potential talent that may actually be perfect for the role!

The webinar also touched on interviews and how if the candidate has common ground with the interviewer, for example, they live in the same town or worked at the same company previously, then this will unconsciously result in biased recruitment.

The trainer also mentioned that when writing job adverts, we need to ensure we use both ‘female gendered’ words and ‘male gendered’ words. Research suggests that if there are too many male gendered words in a job advert or job description, it would deter females from applying for the role. When writing job adverts it may be advantageous to get both female and male feedback before using the advert to attract candidates.

It is important that all companies are promoting themselves as an inclusive employer. Here’s a few tips to achieve this;

  • Ensure you state on all job adverts you are an inclusive in employer
  • Provide hiring mangers training on recruiting in a non-bias way
  • Ask colleagues to review CVs to get their opinion
  • Have a mix of interviewers on the panel
  • Freely talk about being an inclusive employer at all stages of the interview process
  • Look at using the blind CV technique i.e. remove all personal information, leaving just their work experience and qualifications

To ensure that you are recruiting the right talent into your teams implementing a non-bias recruitment process across your business is key.

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