Unsure if you may have unconscious bias? Not to worry. Linkedin is helping recruiters to reduce bias. Recruiters now have the option to hide the names and photos of potential candidates. Instead of a candidate’s photo the system shows a recruiter an avatar and four randomly generated letters appear in place of the candidate’s name. Increasingly, organizations will be rated on DE&I. Employers constantly seek to deliver a diverse workforce. They are doing this by focusing on GPA requirements, interview technology and technical assessments. How
are job postings scripted? What candidate sources are chosen for talent? Who are their recruitment partners? Be careful of “company culture” masquerading as a veiled way of justifying unconscious bias. Recruitment agencies, make unconscious bias training available for your staff. As US demographics become an ever more accurate representation of a nation that is a composite of every nation, we all probably have some catching up to do in this area. Maybe our societal associations afforded us opportunity to meet many individuals who did not mirror us and maybe they did not. No problem. There is always today. Start today to broaden your horizons by learning how to eliminate unconscious bias.