📝 How are you hiring?
After you attract the right talent to apply to work for your business, you need to minimize the chance of bias seeping into your recruitment process.
Let’s equip you with the know-how and practical steps to make sure that the diverse candidates you’re attracting are evaluated fairly throughout the hiring process.
🎻 What do we mean by “blind audition”?
Well, in the TED Talk below, Yassmin Abdel-Magied tells the story of how the Boston Symphony Orchestra concealed candidates’ gender for a truly blind audition. Their aim was to eliminate gender bias and diversify their largely male orchestra back in the 1950s.
So candidates took to the stage to play from behind a screen to conceal their gender, in the hope that more women would make it past the first round of auditioning. Initially, they saw a minor uptick in the number of female musicians who made it through, but the judging panel still sent disproportionately more male musicians to the next round.
Well, incredibly it turns out that the sound of the women’s heels could be heard as they walked on stage – tipping off the judging panel to their gender and subconsciously influencing their decision-making.
When this was uncovered, musicians were asked to take off their shoes for auditions. And (perhaps unsurprisingly) almost 50% of the candidates who made it to the next round were women.
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💡 Points that give us pause
🚩 What we wear does not define who we are as people. Expectations set by societal stereotypes do not equate reality. (00:00 – 01:50)
🚩 Your limitations should not be pre-determined depending on what type of family you were born into, your gender or sexual orientation. (04:10 – 04:53)
🚩 Candidates should be considered with potential societal disadvantages in mind – second to their merit. This ensures that you do get the best person for the job, but you also have a diverse team. (05:01 – 06:06)
🚩 Structural change can only start when the seeds of inclusivity are planted – which can be done by mentoring and opening doors for someone completely different from you, subverting your affinity bias. (09:22 – 13:25)
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