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Common Hiring Practices That Are Terrible For Diversity – And What To Do Instead

We can all agree that good intentions aren’t enough when it comes to hiring practices that increase diversity.

Part of the problem is that sometimes practices that seem good on the surface aren’t necessarily effective and can even be harmful in some cases.

Here are 4 common hiring practices that are terrible for diversity and what you can do instead.

Bad hiring practice #1: The Rooney rule

The tech industry faces a lot of criticism for its relative lack of diversity. On the flip side, tech companies are also often the ones spearheading diversity initiatives in the first place.

For example, last year Salesforce implemented their version of the Rooney Rule by interviewing at least one female candidate or underrepresented minority for executive positions. Continue reading

How AI Recruits Diverse Candidates – CBC Metro Morning [Video]

This week, I was thrilled to be invited as a guest on CBC’s Metro Morning with Matt Galloway, Toronto’s leading morning radio show.

I discuss how AI is being used to recruit diverse candidates by eliminating hiring bias that can result from screening resumes.

Other conversational points include the impact of unconscious bias training, whether blind hiring is enough, and how to prevent AI from replicating human bias.

Take a listen and let me know what you think!

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6 Rules For Using Candidate Sourcing Tools

Candidate sourcing tools can  – and should – be a recruiter’s best friend.

In a perfect world, we’d be able to find the absolute best candidate for an open role, whether that candidate is active or passive. Unfortunately, we know that approximately 50% of new hires fail.

So where’s the disconnect between the tools being used and the effectiveness of hiring? How do you know what features you need?

Here are 6 rules to follow when selecting a candidate sourcing tool.

Rule 1: Keep your hiring model in mind

What are you trying to accomplish specifically?

If you are a company that does a lot of high volume hiring, that will require different technology and functions than a company that might hire three times total per year. Continue reading

Guest Post: 6 Essential Interview Tips For Recruiters

Most recruiters nowadays focus on the interview itself. What I haven’t heard many recruiters ask, “What do you do before the interview?”

Like with any successful marketing campaign, there’s the pre-marketing campaign that introduces the concept and builds up anticipation.

Brian Tracy once said, “One minute of planning equals ten minutes in action.” To recruit great employees and be as efficient as possible while holding interviews, you need to start preparing before each interview.

Here are my 6 recruiter interview tips to help prepare for a great interview:

#1 Establish exactly what you’re looking for

Before any interview, you need to have an in-depth understanding of your company’s needs. Continue reading

Guest Post: 3 Steps To Writing A Job Posting That Stands Out

Hiring is an incredibly exciting time. So why simply write a cut-and-paste job posting that insinuates that you’re suffering from a real shortage of creativity?

These days, the focus on providing an enjoyable candidate experience means a dry, uninspiring job posting just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Here are 3 steps for attracting the best candidates through a distinctive job posting.

Step #1: #EndTheBuzzwords

When searching through resumes or applications, how many times do you read ‘Passionate and Enthusiastic’ or ‘Works well both within a team or independently’?

You’d rather see facts, evidence and a spark. This is exactly how job seekers feel when reviewing a job posting. Continue reading

Guest Post: 5 Best Practices For Using Social Media For Recruitment

Glassdoor reports 79% of job seekers use social media to research companies they’re interested in.

If you’re considering the idea of using social media for recruitment, make sure you understand what applicants are looking for in an employer and abide by legal employment regulations first.

To help attract candidates, here are 5 best practices for recruiting on social media the right way.

Best practice #1: Share the right number and mix of posts

The goal is to find top talent, but the number of times to post will make a significant difference.

Network and engage with your entire audience.

A conversation about a trending topic in your industry might spark an online conversation where a person with the skills you need posts something you find profound. Continue reading

4 Steps You Can Take To Remove Recruitment Bias

Recruitment bias has been a major topic in talent acquisition circles lately, including global discussions on pay gaps.

Recruitment bias can take many forms such as unconscious biases like confirmation bias and the halo effect.

Although there’s an increasing awareness that the 50% failure rate for hiring is linked to pre-existing biases, only 68% of companies are measuring diversity and inclusion in their hiring processes.

If we know that recruitment bias is a problem and increased diversity and transparency is a goal, how do we remove it? Is it possible?

Short answer: yes. But it requires a high degree of commitment. Continue reading

Ideal Raises $3M to Scale AI for Recruiting Platform, Targeting Inefficient High-Volume Hiring Process

Ideal, AI for recruiting software, raises $3M to accelerate the capabilities of their virtual recruiting assistant and streamline high-volume hiring.

TORONTO, August 29, 2017 – Today Ideal, an AI for recruiting company, announced the completion of a $3M financing round that will be used to accelerate the capabilities of their AI and onboard new customers faster. The round was led by prominent investors including Mike Durland, Michael Hyatt and Richard Hyatt, alongside the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, a fund based at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

“We are thrilled to be able to work so closely with our investors and the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. Continue reading

4 Promising Ways AI Is Helping Diversity In Recruitment

The role that AI plays in diversity in recruitment is still being debated.

Critics of AI are worried it will replicate human biases that already exist. Supporters believe AI can help us avoid unconscious bias and increase diversity in recruitment. I’m biased (of course), but I’m a supporter of using AI in recruiting.

Here’s why: knowing AI has the potential to replicate an existing bias means we can monitor for it. And if a bias does occur, we know how to remove it.

Here are 4 promising ways in which AI is being used to help diversity in recruitment.

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