Reducing bias is good for your candidates but it’s also great for you. Read our latest blog for more!

We all hold bias. Whether it’s in our personal lives or not, bias is present and it’s not always obvious. This is known as unconscious bias and it can be helpful to acknowledge those biases and do what we can to mitigate them.

Blindly acting on your bias in a recruitment setting never goes well and reducing potential bias has to be a priority for business leaders and Hiring Managers if you want to attract top talent. It’s one of the key factors that prevent organisations from building the diverse workforce they’re looking for. Employers are at risk of demonstrating discrimination and bias relating to age, ability, gender, nationality culture or looks of their candidates and it can happen pretty early on in the process.

Let’s explore different ways you can reduce unconscious bias in your hiring process and make sure that your offer goes to the worthiest candidate.

Blind Screening Processes

There are cognitive biases that creep in during an application and interview process. By ensuring that you read through CVs with certain characteristics removed – such as age, gender, and ethnicity, for example – you are canid any biases creeping in.

You could have somebody screening CVs before they reach you to remove any potential characteristics that can invoke bias, but it’s also important to be aware of it. Denying that you have any bias at all doesn’t do you or the candidates any favours, either, as it’ll stop your journey to making better hiring decisions from day one.

By spending time reading about underrepresented communities in the workplace and learning about their experiences, you can develop empathy. This will ensure that you are better equipped in your hiring processes to deal with the different experiences of possible candidates.

Add Training in Unconscious Bias

Self-awareness is so important when it comes to your employees who are hiring. If you introduce self-assessments to your team, they can learn where their biases lie and how these could affect their judgement from the start. If you introduce these as part of the onboarding process, the culture that you build will be equitable from the bottom of the business to the top.

Training is vital in the elimination of bias in the workplace. People should always feel comfortable wherever they are working and by ensuring adequate training, you can build a culture that is inclusive for everyone – including new hires.

Set Your Diversity Goals

Every business should have implemented diversity goals by now. These are measured by the statistics of the community in which a business is a part and it’s a fantastic way to create some accountability in your business to create equity. To keep those diversity goals set, it’s important to explicitly call out bias where it could show up and when it happens.

Learning to recognise and anticipate where bias could have impacted business decision-making will be effective for your company. It does mean that there may be some delicate conversations about bias to be had with your team, but that’s what the training is for.

Make Independent Decisions

A big part of reducing bias in your recruitment process is in making decisions for yourself as a leader. Having the input of others on the team or in your management circle is important, but ultimately, the responsibility to reduce bias and hire the right person will be on you as the Hiring Manager.

Reducing bias benefits you personally. When you learn about unconscious bias and how it can affect the entire process of hiring the best person for the role, you can benefit from learning how to be more willing and open to avoiding your own bias going unchecked.

Summary

Bias is not just damaging to your candidates, but to your entire recruitment process. Hiring Managers can miss out on hiring the best because of stereotyping and learning how to unlearn bias is important for everyone.

Here at Employment Group, our team of specialist recruiters has their fingers on the pulse of the talent marketplace here in Australia. Give us a call today, so we can put you in contact with your next great hire.

Author – Employment Group