Reducing Resume Bias

October 4th, 2016

When you’re hiring talent for your company, it’s important to make sure you don’t lose out on the best talent force by bias-driven discrediting of high-quality candidates in the initial resume screening. Here’s how you can reduce resume bias so as to ensure your company makes the best hire:

Cover Up the School and Company Names.

This happens all too much in the recruiting process: a candidate will get preferential treatment or passed over entirely based off a school they went to or a job they held with a specific company. It’s normal to have strong feelings, negative or positive, about certain schools and/or companies. However, you cannot let these feelings affect the hiring process because you may end up passing over a great candidate. In order to reduce this, cover up the school and company name so you focus on that candidate’s skills instead.

Don’t Compare That Resume to the Previous Resume. 

While you are eventually going to get to the point where you need to compare one candidate with another to make the best hire, don’t make the mistake of doing that during the resume process. Looking at someone’s resume is a way to determine whether or not they would be a candidate for a phone screening or an in-person interview. Don’t discredit a great candidate because the candidate prior to them had a higher GPA or more years of work experience, because the new candidate could have a skill or talent just as (or more) valuable than the original.

Don’t Make Snap Judgments.

The most important way to reduce resume bias is to avoid snap judgments. We’re all humans, and when we recruit other humans, it’s easy to pull from our experiences, thoughts, and feelings. However, it’s important to remain objective when looking at and sorting through resumes to make the best hire for the company.

Still feeling susceptible to resume bias, but needing to make valuable additions to your team?  Contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to objectively look at the resumes your company receives, providing you with a complete list of top candidates so you can make the best hire – without bias.

 


 

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