Five Simple Tools to Optimise and Diversify Your Hiring Pools
We’ve talked a lot about improving your diversity pipeline, and the many many ways that you can slowly improve your employer brand in order to attract a more diverse range of candidates.
Now we’re looking at five great tools that can help optimise your hiring process with diversity in mind. Pick and choose the ones that’ll fit your company, and you’ll get great results.
Blendoor aggregates talent from a number of different sources that are known to be more diverse. In Blendoors own words, this takes a lot of the legwork out of the hiring process. They can also help optimise and analyse your candidate pipeline to make it more diverse and efficient.
The focus, however, is on the follow up once you have a good pipeline. Blendoor obscures any identifying information from candidates, to help combat unconscious bias.
This also has the advantage of discouraging positive discrimation. Much debate can be had about how effective blind hiring is in making more diverse companies, so this tool should be used in conjunction with general best practice.
Blendoor has a noticeable focus on tech companies, so you may want to consider other options if you have a more design focus, options such as…
In a similar vein to Blendoor, Gapjumpers endorses blind hiring practices, but has a focus on designing bespoke ‘auditions’ for you.
This has a noticeable impact on increasing diversity- challenges and practical applications often reflect better on candidates from diverse backgrounds than simple resumes. There is also a noticeable focus on finding candidates with a ‘growth mindset’ which will help you find candidates who are passionate about developing, and malleable enough to be made a great fit for your needs.
We will always advocate for tools that make writing job descriptions a little bit easier. Remember:
Job Postings are your First Point Of Contact!
It’s important to get them right the first time. A badly written, non-inclusive job description will actively put people off applying.
Textio is an AI that uses machine learning to help you write great, focused job descriptions. Not only that, it makes a point to spot elements that might suggest gender bias, and other problematic elements. This is one of the biggest problems people face when writing job descriptions,
As ever, you should never rely exclusively on what an AI tells you, several AI’s have had issues with bias in the past, always get another human to edit your work, but Textio will give you a great base to work with.
Project Implicit is a surprisingly engaging way to while away an afternoon, and an illuminating one at that. Project Implicit uses a series of tests designed by psychologists at the universities Harvard, Washington and Virginia to evaluate unconscious bias’ you may have. The majority of tests involve word association,
Everyone has implicit bias’, and assuming you are above them because you think you do not see gender or race is a dangerous road to head down. The important thing is that we learn to account for these bias’ and avoid allowing them to control our decision making. Use the tests to help identify your bias’ and adapt your strategy to account for them.
Here’s another one that’s a bit less direct. Project Include is a charity formed by various tech leaders, focused on getting people of all backgrounds into tech. Using a data driven, fact focused approach, Project Include provides support to implementing inclusion solutions.
While it has a noticeable focus on Silicon Valley, the lessons it provides are invaluable across the board. They have a number of generic lessons available for free on their homepage, or you can take a survey and get more specific advice for your business. This’ll let you tailor your approach to exactly what your company needs.
Using the right tools for the job means you can make decisions that consider diversity consistently. Bringing them into your process in this way allows for it to become a natural part of the process. The more tailored you can make your approach, the better results you’ll see.