#ThreeTips: Hiring for Diversity

We have launched a new series for our blog titled #ThreeTips. We are in search of Three Tips from our friends in the business community for their creative, actionable, and positive ideas about important topics in the employee experience.

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In collaboration with Khymberly Booth of Davis Booth Consulting.

When focused on hiring for diversity there are three key things a company should focus on to ensure heightened employee/candidate engagement and equity in the process:

  1. Understand the data, internal and external - know what your current population looks like and the availability of diverse candidates is within the recruiting area and specialized field.  Work to ensure that your candidate pool is at least at or preferably above availability for that area through targeted marketing and talent attraction.

  2. Ensure the process you're using is fair and where possible "blind" - review every step of your recruiting process to ensure equity in decision making and when possible systematic approaches/tools.  For example, consider deleting names and identifying data from resumes passed on to leaders.

  3. Do not try to get rid of bias completely (it's impossible!), however, work to ensure your hiring employees are aware of it and are consciously working to be inclusive.  Help your HR team and hiring managers to understand their biases (which have likely been engrained in them since early life) and work to combat these through focused inclusion.  Ensure that hiring panels and decision making panels are diverse.

The goal of diversity recruitment isn’t to increase workplace diversity for the sake of diversity. The goal of diversity hiring is to identify and remove potential biases in sourcing, screening, and shortlisting candidates that may be ignoring, turning off, or accidentally discriminating against qualified, diverse candidates.

What are your thoughts on hiring for diversity? Leave a comment below or email us your thoughts!


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Tom Alexander