As an employer, you want to make sure you choose the ideal individual for the job, but you also want to make sure the hiring process is fair. How do you go about doing this?

It all begins even before a job opening is advertised. A job description and person specification should be created prior to posting any job openings, and all personnel participating in the hiring process should have received equal opportunity training.

In addition, analyze the company’s equal opportunity or recruiting policy and include any policy requirements into the recruitment process. Any choices that vary from the policy should be documented and the reasons given. Make certain that all job criteria can be objectively justified and do not discriminate against any groups of workers.

Determine whether the job will be advertised internally or externally when it is time to do so. If there is a special cause, such as the possibility of redundancy for current staff, it may be acceptable to advertise internally exclusively. If you’re planning on doing any external advertising, think about which publications and platforms to employ to reach the broadest possible audience. Consider the format in which applications are to be submitted before deciding.

All applicants should be given the same questions throughout the interview, and their responses should be judged uniformly by all interview panel members. Candidates may be asked follow-up questions to clarify or expand on their responses to the original inquiries, however, and these can differ, as the answers will vary. As a result of the possibility of discrimination, it is essential to avoid any queries on applicants’ personal lives. Upon request, provide applicants with comments. Published or spoken feedback should be impartial and conform to any written policy.

But why is this so important? It might surprise you to find that, even when we don’t realize it, we can be biased towards certain groups of people, most often those who look and act like us. This helpful infographic will explain more.

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