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5 Best Ways to Avoid Hiring Bias as an Employer

As an employer, you probably believe a fair hiring process is an important goal for the sake of ethics alone; but did you know bias in the recruiting process also exposes companies to legal risk, with possible charges of workplace discrimination?

Geekbidz: As an employer, you probably believe in a fair hiring process, but did you know hiring discrimination exposes you to legal risk?
As an employer, you probably believe in a fair hiring process, but did you know hiring discrimination exposes you to legal risk?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rules discrimination in the workplace as illegal, whether the discrimination occurs due to age, race, gender, disability, religion, genetic information and sexual orientation. If an employee feels discriminated against, he or she can sue the employer for compensatory damages. Many employers may not realize the cost of hiring discrimination. A hiring discrimination case settled out of court can cost an employer on average around $125,000, while one that goes to court can cost $200,000 more.

Geekbidz: A hiring discrimination case settled out of court can cost an employer on average around $125,000, while one that goes to court can cost $200,000 more
A hiring discrimination case settled out of court can cost an employer on average around $125,000, while one that goes to court can cost $200,000 more

While those statistics apply to small or medium-sized companies, the cost of hiring discrimination for larger companies can be staggeringly larger. According to Forbes, “The OFCCP recently announced a $3 million settlement with Microsoft and a nearly $8 million settlement with Wells Fargo to resolve allegations of discriminatory hiring practices.”


With those sobering statistics in mind, here are five tips for employers to reduce hiring bias as much as possible.


Try blind hiring

Geekbidz; Since blind hiring prevents employers from knowing details about candidates beforehand, it can help reduce hiring bias
Since blind hiring prevents employers from knowing details about candidates beforehand, it can help reduce hiring bias

According to Glassdoor, “a blind hiring process involves stripping away identifiable characteristics from a resume that are not related to the job, or experiences needed for success.” This could include information on the candidate’s educational history or his or her age. Employers can use software to help eliminate identifying information from applications. Since blind hiring prevents employers from knowing details about candidates beforehand, it can help reduce hiring bias.


Use skills testing


Before conducting an interview, you may want to give your candidate some skills assessments that will identify their top skills. Forbes explains, “Skills tests have the potential to eliminate bias in talent selection and improve hiring outcomes.” Focusing on candidates’ skills rather than a possibly biased impression from a phone interview or in-person interview can help you eliminate bias from the hiring process and protect you against any accusations of workplace discrimination.


Give a structured interview


A structured interview involves a set of predetermined questions, and each candidate is asked the questions in the same order. The consistency of structured interviews helps diminish hiring bias. TalentLyft notes that with structured interviews, “you can evaluate candidates in the most objective and fair way, which also makes structured interviews more legally defensible.”


Be aware of how much you like a candidate

Geekbidz: By being aware of how you are ranking candidates on likability, you make it more controllable and also prepare to limit discrimination in the workplace
By being aware of how you are ranking candidates on likability, you make it more controllable and also prepare to limit discrimination in the workplace

We all naturally gravitate towards some people more than others. In particular, we tend to be drawn to people who are like ourselves. However, Harvard Business Review notes that this tendency towards favouring those we like can lead to hiring bias: “One study found that impressions made in the first 10 seconds of an interview could impact the interview’s outcome,” Gino notes. “Another suggested that employers hire people that they like the most on a personal level.” Why not rate candidates on likability, the same way you rate candidates on other skills? By being aware of how you are ranking candidates on likability, you make it more controllable and also prepare to limit discrimination in the workplace.


Use an AI-based hiring solution

Geekbidz lets job seekers rank their skills, then uses AI to pair employers with the candidate best qualified for their specific job posting
Geekbidz lets job seekers rank their skills, then uses AI to pair employers with the candidate best qualified for their specific job posting

Since the identifying information in resumes as well as interviewer bias during interviews can generate hiring bias, employers who want to minimize hiring bias as much as possible might want to try new AI-based solutions, such as Geekbidz. Geekbidz lets job seekers rank their skills, then uses AI to pair employers with the candidate best qualified for their specific job posting...all without asking candidates to submit a resume or give an interview. Pioneering approaches like these may become more common as employers strive to protect themselves from the pitfalls of hiring bias.


You can drastically reduce hiring bias with a few simple steps

Geekbidz: Safeguarding your company against accusations of hiring bias is a way to show your professionalism and care for your corporation
Safeguarding your company against accusations of hiring bias is a way to show your professionalism and care for your corporation

Safeguarding your company against accusations of hiring bias shows integrity as well as financial preparedness. It’s also a way to show your professionalism and care for your corporation. It may not be possible to eliminate all unconscious biases and all types of workplace discrimination, but as an employer, you can work towards reducing hiring bias by becoming aware of the ways bias can affect the hiring process during both the resume and interview stage of the process. Then you can work to reduce this bias as much as possible by becoming aware of your own biases, modifying the interview process, and trying AI-based hiring solutions that eliminate traditional sources of bias.


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