Thursday, June 1, 2017

Recruiters “go blind” to avoid unconscious bias - HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Originally published: May 31, 2017

Many organisations are turning to blind recruitment as a means to step up diversity, according to recent research by professional recruiting group Hays. This comes amid further evidence showing that inclusive firms outperform their other peers.

Blind recruitment involves omitting personally identifiable information – such as name, gender, age and education – from applicant CVs. “This technique can help organisations ensure a diverse flow of talent into their selection process. It can also boost your employment brand since jobseekers say they have the opportunity to better position their strengths in an interview,” said Lynne Roeder, managing director of Hays in Singapore.

The latest edition of Hays Journal points out that blind recruitment helps overcome “unconscious bias” during the recruitment process, which can be counterproductive to a strategy to improve workplace diversity.