The goal of recruiting is to hire great candidates. But there are a lot of potential obstacles that can prevent companies from accomplishing this objective. Your recruiting process is at the top of the list. How you choose to recruit can affect your level of bias. You could also be discriminating against certain candidates without even realizing it.

how to hire without discrimination

Eliminating bias and discrimination in your hiring process is essential to help you find the best talent. Here, we’ll provide you with some tips to hire better without bias or discrimination.


How to Hire Without Bias and Discrimination

Hiring without bias or discrimination requires you to perform an internal review of hiring and process bias. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Know the types of bias to look for

There are a lot of ways you could potentially be skewing your hiring process. Look for the following types of bias in how you do things:

  • Process bias
  • Ageism
  • Racial bias
  • Gender bias
  • Affinity bias

2. Expand your recruiting team

Hiring is not a solo gig. Having more people involved in the process is an important step. It allows you to get input from multiple perspectives. Choose people from all levels of your company to be part of the process.

3. Have a clear understanding of what you are looking for

It is important to have a clear vision of the skills and capabilities you are seeking in a candidate. Create an ideal candidate profile. Then scrutinize it for bias.

4. Review your job descriptions

The phrases and words you use in your job descriptions can affect who applies to jobs with your company. Use wording that is more neutral and try to remove gendered language.

5. Standardize your interview process

Every candidate should go through the same interview process. You need to ask them the same questions and require them to follow the same steps. Unstructured interviews make it easier for bias to creep into the process.

6. Add a practical task for candidates to complete

Request candidates complete a simple work-based task that will mimic a task they will be required to do if they get the job. This is the best indicator of their performance. It also allows you to assess candidates specifically based on performance.

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Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

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