Recruitment and Selection
Proven strategies for addressing unconscious bias in recruitment and selection
Register today for our new open course on 24th January 2019 in Central London.
This highly practical one-day workshop builds the skills and confidence needed to address unconscious bias in recruitment and selection. It’s also one of our most popular unconscious bias training courses. This is because:
- It deals with unconscious bias in a specific decision-making moment for recruiting managers: the interviewing process.
- The themes explored are universally relevant to overcoming unconscious bias in the workplace (when selecting project teams, having difficult conversations, giving feedback, etc.).
How our Live Interviews address unconscious bias in recruitment and selection
Our unconscious bias in recruitment and selection workshop features an innovative ‘live interview’ scenario. This exercise is specially designed to illustrate how unconscious bias operates, and the impact it can have on recruitment and selection.
Bias is especially likely to appear when managers are under pressure to fill a given role. Our dynamic approach will develop your managers’ awareness of unconscious bias at every stage in the recruitment process. Practical and engaging, it will enable them to apply best practice immediately to their everyday activities at work.
Unconscious bias in recruitment and selection training – what to expect
Our one-day unconscious bias in recruitment and selection training course has four key elements:
- Legal context, company procedure and effective recruitment preparation
- Sifting and shortlisting candidates fairly and without bias
- The Live Interview: unconscious bias in interviewing and decision making
- Post-interview considerations.
Your recruiting managers can expect:
- Fast-paced, engaging and upbeat delivery
- A set of practical tools to take away and apply proactively to their day-to-day work
- Exercises and facilitation that reinforce the business benefits of responding correctly to unfair and unwanted bias.
Your managers will leave with:
- A comprehensive understanding of the types of unconscious bias, and their impact on the recruitment process
- Awareness of the power of assumption, association and preference
- Appreciation what drives ideas of cultural ‘fit’ in an organisation
- The practical tools they need to design person specifications and selection criteria that are fair, clear and avoid adverse impact
- Greater confidence in managing their own bias in interviews or decision-making
- The ability to identify unconscious bias in others and challenge it
- An understanding of the legal essentials on recruitment and selection, plus recent findings from research into bias and its effects.
The Live Interview: our practical unconscious bias exercise for recruiting managers
Our innovative live interview exercise is peer learning at its most powerful. Your managers will become the panel of a simulated interview and closely observe one another. Our expert facilitator will then highlight the subtle ways in which unconscious bias can affect the recruitment process.
With a job candidate in the room (sourced either by you internally or by us), our facilitator will create a safe and constructive environment in which to consider and critique your managers’ behavioural tendencies. It’s an enlightening approach, and one which we find:
- Reduces nervousness around unconscious bias in recruitment and selection
- Takes away any fear of the unknown around the subject
- Empowers recruiting managers to address the issue head-on.
How does unconscious bias in recruitment and selection operate?
We all have unconscious bias in some form. When interviewers feel under pressure, it’s easy for them to take shortcuts, reverting to established associations and finding natural affinities with those candidates who are most like them. This affinity bias can lead to the recruitment of staff who mirror the recruiter. Interviewers also tend to become less flexible and culturally adaptable in their approach, making them less likely to bring the best out of their candidates.
Why should we address recruitment bias?
We believe that workforce diversity has a measurable effect on business performance. 85% of the world’s CEOs agree with us, according to a PwC survey from 2015. Diverse teams are more innovative and perform better in problem-solving. They can also outperform homogeneous teams by 58% in team assessments.
Developing genuine awareness of how unconscious bias operates – and practical tools to minimise it – is key to your organisation harnessing the diversity at its disposal.
Our unconscious bias training will enable your managers to significantly enhance your talent pipeline, from better staff recruitment to fairer opportunities for career progression. Our focus will be to ensure any barriers to the progress of diverse candidates are removed. The course will also support your managers to have open, honest and constructive conversations with their direct reports, and to sensitively unpick their everyday interactions at work.