For an effective recruitment process, there should be no bias while hiring. People may not realize it, but ‘unconscious’ bias is a thing and it affects the hiring process. Unconscious bias is subtle favoritism in the workplace.

Hiring bias always harms the workplace environment. According to a study conducted by Deloitte, about 84% of people claim that bias has an adverse impact on their mood and confidence.

Research says that there’s always some amount of bias in every industry. The Director of the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program, Iris Bohnet, says that workplace bias can hinder diversity, recruiting, promotion and retention efforts. She says, “Managers have to learn to de-bias their practices and procedures.”

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Benefits of having an unbiased hiring process

There are many benefits of having an unbiased and transparent recruitment drive, including getting the chance to diversify your team. A study by HBR says that pools with diverse members are proven to work more efficiently and innovatively. A diverse culture is excellent for an organization. Companies with a diverse workforce always perform better and with greater returns, according to the 2015 McKinsey study.


Here are some ways you can reduce hiring bias in your workplace:

Get yourself and others educated on hiring bias

It would be best if you build awareness in yourself and among others regarding what hiring bias is. When people are biased, generally, they won't accept it. Educating them is the only way to prove them wrong. This can be in the form of seminars and training sessions. Before taking steps to mitigate hiring bias, you first need to acknowledge it. Only then you will be able to take steps to nip it in the bud. Relying on intuition and gut feelings are the purest forms of bias.

Go for a blind talent acquisition process.

Going into the recruitment process blind is a good approach towards mitigating hiring bias. You need to remove the person’s name, age, gender, and ethnicity before viewing their applications. By doing this, you remove any unconscious bias on your part.

Plan the interview process

Go for a standard interview process. A standard interview process ensures that the same questions are asked from each candidate. This way each candidate has an equal chance to win the job.

Test the skills of the candidates

Going for a process based on just choosing the right candidate isn't a good option. Plan a skills test before the interviewing stage. There should be no bias in the test, and each candidate should face the same questions.

Diversify the hiring team

If you want your recruitment process to be unbiased, having talent acquisition team members that come from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities can be a great start. These individuals understand the need for diversity in choosing the candidates and their choices won’t be prejudiced by cultural biases.

Diversify your hiring goals

Before laying out the dynamics for your talent acquisition process, think of including diversity in your hiring goals. You can work towards hiring more women, people of different cultures, and older candidates. You need to mention your diversification goals within the job description so that people may know what they're in for.

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Relevant Statistics

  • According to research conducted by Deloitte , 84 percent of the 3000 respondents to the 2019 State of Inclusion report said bias negatively impacted their happiness and confidence. (
  • For 75 percent, the bias they experienced negatively influenced how engaged they felt in the workplace. (
  • A little more than 68 percent of the respondents to Deloitte's study said bias adversely affected their workplace productivity. (
  • Researchers from Harvard and Princeton found that blind auditions increased the likelihood that female musicians would be hired by an orchestra by 25 to 46 percent. (
  • In technology, there's a perception that women simply aren't applying for jobs, hence numbers like Google's, where women account for only 18 percent of the technical workforce. (
  • GapJumpers has found that 54 percent of its blind auditioners are women. (
  • Moreover, almost 59 percent of top performers in blind auditions are women. (
  • In a study of 366 public companies across the globe, consulting firm McKinsey found that gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to outperform their non-gender diverse counterparts. (
  • Ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform. (
  • Employees working under inclusive leadership are 39% more likely to be engaged. (