Begin by re-writing job descriptions to use neutral and/or inclusive language. Then, redesign your interview process to make it more structured and consistent for all applicants. Also, consider adding a skills-based test to the hiring process, including a blind portfolio and resume review, and/or conducting interviews by phone. All of these methods can mitigate bias by creating empirical points of comparison between candidates and eliminating information that can trigger biases. For help taking these steps and more, take a look at the links under “Further Reading” below.
Why it is important:
Despite many companies’ recent interest and good intentions, a lack of gender and racial diversity remains a major issue in the workplace. One way to effectively combat this problem within your own firm is to ensure your hiring process is as equitable as possible. he hiring process is often highly influenced by unconscious biases that cause well-meaning individuals to make racial and gender-biased decisions when writing job descriptions and performing interviews. Restructuring your hiring process can help to reduce the amount of bias affecting your decisions and lead to a more diverse and equitable workplace.
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