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All managers must be able to recruit and select talent in a way that overcomes the unconscious biases we are all influenced by. In doing so, they will recruit and promote from a more diverse pool of talent and this will have a positive impact on the overall quality and diversity of an organisation.
EW Group’s bespoke inclusive recruitment training specifically tackles unconscious bias in recruitment. It draws on almost 30 years of experience in developing fair best practice in attraction, recruitment, and retention processes.
From design to delivery, we ensure our training aligns with your business case and organisational culture. Our face-to-face training offers an immersive experience featuring an innovative live interview scenario with a real candidate. Interactive, pragmatic and engaging, delegates leave our workshops able to find practical applications for their knowledge of unconscious bias, diversity, and inclusion in everyday workplace situations.
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Our one-day unconscious bias in recruitment and selection training course has four key elements:
1. Legal context, company procedure, and effective recruitment preparation
2. Sifting and shortlisting candidates fairly and without bias
3. The live interview: unconscious bias in interviewing and decision making
4. Post-interview considerations.
Our unconscious bias in recruitment and selection workshops feature an innovative live interview scenario. These exercises are specially designed to illustrate how unconscious bias operates, and the impact it can have on recruitment and selection.
EW Group’s 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, even when they are under pressure to quickly fill a given role – a common time for bias to influence decision making.
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 internally or externally), our facilitator will create a safe and constructive environment in which to consider and critique your managers’ behavioural tendencies. It is an enlightening approach, and one which we find:
Our highly practical Inclusive Recruitment one-day workshop fosters 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:
We are all affected by some form of unconscious bias. For interviewers, when under pressure, it is easy for them to take shortcuts, reverting to established associations and finding natural affinities with candidates who are most like them. This affinity bias can lead to the recruitment of staff who mirror the recruiter, and interviewers can also tend to become less flexible and culturally adaptable in their approach, making them less likely to bring the best out of their candidates.
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.
Diverse workforces deliver proven benefits to business performance, but how can you ensure that your recruitment processes allow for diverse talent to enter your workforce? In this straightforward guide, we detail seven crucial strategies you can implement today to improve the inclusivity of your recruitment efforts.
EW Group’s podcast features expert interviews with leaders in the equality, diversity, and inclusion field. Our guests discuss countless topics affecting diverse businesses – unconscious bias in recruitment and selection included – offering illuminating insights into how to build diverse, healthy workplace cultures and processes.