There has never been so much importance is making such your recruitment process is fully inclusive to everyone. It’s not always the case of companies purposefully not taking action in making sure the process is diverse, but it can be anything from the language you use to who you choose to meet your potential candidates. Whether you’re a small or large business, these are some of the ways in which could improve your recruitment process:
General Language in Job Ad
The words you use in your job postings aren’t always set to recruit a certain gender but it’s actually a form of unconscious bias within your recruitment process that is very simple to change. There are even websites like Gender Decoder and Textio that will do it for you, if you’re unsure. A language barrier could be what is holding you
So, the candidate has seen the job ad and read the description, in terms of the user journey, the next step they’ll take is looking at your company’s website to find out a little more about the culture, team and work. This is a prime stage to showcase your company’s diversity. A website that is full of a single gender, will most likely only ever attract that applicant. So, by including an array of pictures, case studies and quotes that involve everybody, it crosses out any bias vibes that the candidates may feel when researching the business.
Diverse recruitment team
Once you’ve shortlisted your applicants and the interviews are set up, be sure to pull together a diverse interviewing team to meet the candidates. Making sure each of the board ask questions is a way to ensure applicants have a equal experience. A team of recruiters who have a mixture of different backgrounds will also ensure that they all think in a similar way and therefore, the decision-making process will be more depth and fair to each candidate.
Diverse policies within the company
Your HR team play a very important role in potentially driving a diverse range of people away from applying. Be sure to look at your in-house policies. Do they pay attention to more than just the basic the needs of everyone? Is there anything else that can be done to improve this at all? More flexibility in a workplace would attract not only parents but it also enhances the company’s accessibility for less able candidates.
Whilst we all strive to make sure our workplace is open and inclusive to everyone, sometimes it takes a closer look to find where improvements can be made. It could be that the simplest change could make the world of difference.