How to Stop These 16 Biases That Can Influence Your Hiring Decision [Infographic]


Hiring exceptional talents depends on an objective workforce recruitment process. However, most hiring practices are laden with different unconscious biases, and companies are spending big money to eliminate recruitment biases to boost diversity and foster inclusiveness in the workplace. But why do diversity and inclusion matter?

Studies show that companies with a diverse workforce are more likely to succeed and yield more profit than non-diverse counterparts. On top of this, diversity increases productivity, stimulates innovation, and boosts employee engagement.

Developing a diverse workforce is a step towards success. To achieve this, recruiters should be keenly aware of the different biases that can impede their ability to make sound hiring decisions. Here are 16 recruitment biases to take note of:

The best hires can slip away with biased hiring practices. Consequently, employers should take deliberate action towards eliminating biases and enhancing their recruitment strategies. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Look into artificial intelligence (AI) tools that can automate a portion of your recruitment process. Various applications can help you write gender-neutral job ads, screen CVs for relevant keywords, and evaluate an applicant’s skills, among others.
  • Administer skills-based assessment tools to verify the contents of a candidate’s resume objectively. Implementing a standardized personality test can also effectively evaluate whether a candidate fits your company culture.
  • Consider collaborative hiring. Bring together a group of people with diverse skills and experiences to interview and assess candidates. A diverse panel is more likely to bring in diverse hires!
  • Continuously evaluate your hiring strategies. Invest in diversity and inclusion training, and consistently create initiatives to address biased hiring practices.  

Diversity is essential to a company’s growth. If you want to bring top notch talents together and create a diverse and inclusive company, your organization must commit to ridding biases in your recruitment and hiring process.

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Angela Hood, a serial entrepreneur from Austin, Texas, developed Ai4JOBS after years of research, development, and incubation at the University of Cambridge ideaSpace in England. Now operating across the world, ‘Ai4JOBS by ThisWay’ provides employers, recruiters, and staffing agencies with a suite of solutions that delivers unbiased job-to-candidate matching technology. ThisWay’s acclaimed technology and ethics-based methodologies help both businesses and individuals find greater success in the job world, through matching that matters. Hood’s passion around building unbiased technology was born from her own experience working as a field engineer and project manager in the construction and land development industries. She is a business and recognized thought leader in the fields of artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship and the ROI of diversity. Her groundbreaking work in artificial intelligence and de-biasing is often referenced in international research and is featured in a Simon & Schuster book being released in August 2019.