How to hire diverse teams
Some companies go out of their way to hire diverse teams. Unilever uses AI to objectively screen candidates. It also tried using partitions at the start of interviews to prevent looks from influencing first impressions. Microsoft has also gained hugely successful hires through its ‘Autism Hiring Program’.
But businesses of all shapes and sizes can make their recruitment more diverse by simply putting a clear process in place for those in charge of new hires.
Without a logical process, we all unconsciously recruit staff in our own image. This is an automatic tendency, but is easily addressed through training and objective assessment criteria.
Implementing diverse hiring panels helps with this too. Alternatively, you can encourage management to use this anonymous testing tool to make them aware of any hidden biases they may harbour.
It makes sense to hire candidates with complementary skills and experiences which bring strength and insights to your team.
“We are entering an era where employers are selecting candidates based on their personal characteristics, work skills and strategic thinking more than anything else,” says Ana Ribeiro of Prosperity. “It’s a welcome development.”