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In recent years, the issue of subconscious bias it has been put in the spotlight, forcing us to reevaluate ourselves and how we look at others. One area where unconscious bias is extremely prominent is the hiring process. While you may not realize it, your internal biases can have a big impact on who you hire, and it can cause you to overlook some great potential hires, and it can even lead to cases of discrimination forming against your company.
For this reason, it is extremely important to understand and eliminate your subconscious bias. While the process is not easy, there are some steps you can take to eliminate your bias.
Here’s how to remove the unconscious bias from your hiring process.
Understand the implicit bias
Before we can eliminate subconscious and implicit bias, we need to understand it. To do this, you need to do some personal and professional reflection. What are your own personal prejudices and how can it affect the hiring process?
Also, what are some biases that may exist in the company and do these biases create challenges for certain candidates? Hosting company training sessions and seminars on the topic is a great way to get employees to start thinking about these questions. Before you can begin to deconstruct your implicit biases, you must first be able to identify them.
A common mistake hiring managers make is having unstructured interviews, which can lead to unconscious bias.
When different candidates receive different types of interviews, it can be difficult to judge them fairly. Your unconscious bias and preconceived notions about people can make you do the interview differently, which can be an advantage or a disadvantage for a candidate. However, if the The interview process is standardized with the same format for each candidate, there is much less room for unconscious bias to influence your decision.
Use blind work testing and skill challenges to reduce the amount of unconscious bias in your hiring process. Job tests and skill challenges can be offered to check the suitability of a potential candidate for the job, seeing if he or she has the necessary skills.
However, when these tests are submitted with applications and resumes, it is possible that unconscious bias will still be introduced. That is why it is important that these tests be classified and analyzed blindly, without attached names. Doing this allows you to choose which candidates have done the best job, without being influenced by your unconscious bias.
Analyze different points of view
One of the best ways to eliminate unconscious biases in the hiring process is to analyze different views and opinions of various people in your company. Instead of having a person to manage the hiring process, set up a committee full of employees from different backgrounds. Individually, these committee members have different life experiences and opinions, which can lead them to have different opinions about different candidates.
While each committee member may individually have their own biases, collective opinion can eliminate that bias when all points of view are taken into account. Just make sure that if you decide to create a hiring committee, create one that is diverse enough for different points of view and opinions to flourish.