Hiring new employees can be daunting if you aren’t prepared to use a few tested methods designed to steer you away from unconscious bias. Since the investment of hiring and training a new employee is costly and time-consuming, adopting a formal screening process for prospective employees helps you to find the right fit for your company and saves in training resources over time.
Inexperienced managers have a tendency to hire people who fall into a certain stereotype. The desire to hire within a certain age bracket or people with a cultural preference or a shared interest are unconscious biases that can have negative effects on your bottom line. Making hiring decisions based on gut instincts alone can demoralize your entire team if the new employee is seen as being favored or coddled.
Consider forming a group of trusted senior employees to create a “blind interview team.” Ideally, this team conducts interviews, checks previous employment information and vets potential employee qualifications and skills individually. The team meets formally to compare notes and decide on the best choice for an open position. A little research goes a long way toward finding a great new hire when you make it a team effort, and that cuts down on employee costs.
Another way to level the playing field is to create a standard template of the skills and qualifications required of each position. A standard checklist eliminates hiring bias because it’s pretty cut and dry. An applicant either has the skills or needs the skills. Knowing if you need to invest revenue in additional training saves your company time and money.
Diversity in the workplace is important and each team member should bring a unique skill set into your company that contributes to the success of the organization. Whether you pour through each applicant’s history yourself or delegate the job, an unbiased hiring process benefits every member of your staff.