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Fostering an Equitable Hiring Process

by David Sullivan and Karen McCann McClelland, Senior Advisors, SPARC

Avoiding bias in hiring involves implementing strategies and practices at every stage of the recruitment process to ensure fairness and equal opportunities for all candidates. Here are some possible ways to help avoid bias in hiring.

Job Description

  • Clearly define the job requirements, responsibilities, and qualifications needed.

  • Use gender-neutral language and avoid terms that may imply a preference for a specific gender, age, or ethnicity.

  • Ensure job descriptions are free from biased language and clearly define the qualifications and responsibilities necessary for the role.

Training for Hiring Teams

  • Provide training to hiring team members on unconscious bias awareness.

  • Equip them with strategies to recognize and mitigate bias throughout the hiring process.

  • Provide training to resume reviewers on recognizing and mitigating unconscious biases.

  • Raise awareness about common biases in resume evaluation, such as affinity bias or stereotyping...


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