Diversity and Inclusion in Recruitment Process:
Organizations of all types grapple with how to do activities such as searching/hiring in a way that overcomes the fact that all persons involved in the selection process are impeded by cultural fluency and deeply entrenched values that shape judgments. Interestingly, men and women share ideas about gender that lead them to apply the same assumptions to selection processes. Similarly, minority persons share ideas about race with dominant white culture with a similar result to selection/hiring processes. These ideas are sometimes referred to as "hidden biases" or "unconscious biases." Recognition of this tendency can help reduce impact on review processes.
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Below is a great Ted talk, called "What Does My Headscarf Mean to You," given by Yassmin Abddel Magied in 2014. She explains the ideas of "hidden biases" or "unconscious biases" well and gives some great examples of how we may automatically make assumptions given certain situations.
What Does My Headscarf Mean To You Video
Advice for minimizing the influence of bias and assumptions:
- Strive to increase the representation of women and minorities in your applicant pool.
- Learn about and discuss research on biases and assumptions and consciously strive to minimize their influence on your evaluation.
- Develop and prioritize evaluation criteria prior to evaluating candidates and apply them consistently to all applicants.
- Spend sufficient time (at least 20 minutes) evaluating each applicant.
- Evaluate each candidate's entire application; don't depend too heavily on only one element such as the letters of recommendation, or the prestige of the degree-granting institution or post-doctoral program.
- Be able to defend every decision for eliminating or advancing a candidate.
- Periodically evaluate your judgments, determine whether qualified women and underrepresented minorities are included in your pool and consider whether evaluation biases and assumptions are influencing your decisions.
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