Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Recruitment

Mitigating unconscious bias in recruitment

Recommended for: HR Professionals

In recent years a plethora of research has demonstrated that unconscious bias plays a significant role in recruitment decisions. In simple terms, this means that the best candidate for any given role may not be appointed, because of the unconscious beliefs and perceptions of those involved in the recruitment process.

Unconscious cognition is essential to human functioning; it helps us to be efficient and responsive to the world around us, allowing us to multitask and avoid information overload. However, unconscious processes are also prone to errors that can lead to flawed decision-making, significant bias and blinkered thinking. Fortunately, while we cannot switch off our unconscious cognition, we can implement personal and organisational safeguards that help us make decisions based on an objective assessment of the evidence.

In this workshop you will learn:

- about the specific unconscious biases that can impact on the recruitment process
- how to identify 'red flags' for unconscious bias in recruitment, from identifying selection criteria to contract negotiations
- how to apply safeguards against unconscious bias throughout the recruitment process.

While focusing primarily on recruitment, this workshop will also provide tools and strategies for mitigating bias in other HR processes, such as performance and talent management.

Course date:
Tuesday 2 April 2019 - CANCELLED due to low numbers

9.30am – 4.00pm  (lunch provided)   


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