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AI for Recruiting: News, Tips, and Trends

Diversity And Inclusion Technology: New Research By RedThread & Mercer

Recently, RedThread Research in partnership with Mercer, published an industry report titled, Diversity and Inclusion Technology: Could this be the Missing Link?

The goal of this research was to address five key questions:

What is D&I technology? Why are D&I technologies coming to market right now? What are the benefits and potential risks? What types of D&I technologies exist? Who are some of the players in the different D&I technology categories?

The report summarizes some of the major benefits and motives behind the increasing interest in diversity and inclusion tech including:

    More consistent, less biased, and scalable people decision-making processes Raising awareness of bias occurring in real-time and at the individual level and enabling a range of people to act on it Measuring and monitoring the impact of efforts designed to improve D&I outcomes Signaling the importance of a diverse and inclusive culture to the organization

The research covers over 100 vendors in the space divided into D&I “focus”, “feature”, and “friendly” vendors in sourcing, selection, performance management, and leadership development. Continue reading

Using AI For Recruitment: HR Reporter Video

With AI’s growing adoption, recruiters are enjoying the clear benefits of the increased efficiency provided by intelligent automation.

However, AI continues to capture the attention of recruiting professionals for another major reason: according to LinkedIn’s Recruiting Trends 2018, 43% believe it removes human bias.

In a new interview with Canadian HR Reporter, watch Ideal’s data scientist, Ji-A Min, explain how AI technology like Ideal can be used to reduce unconscious bias and improve workplace diversity.

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3 Facts To Know When Recruiting Women To Your Company

A recent analysis of 500 million candidate profiles by Entelo found that 18 percent of tech roles are held by women in the U.S., while only 10 percent of tech executives are women.

The difficulties of recruiting women aren’t just limited to the tech sector, however. 

Here are 3 facts to understand when recruiting women to your company.

Fact #1: Women are attracted to equal opportunities more than workplace flexibility 

A new survey by Indeed found only 49% of women feel that both genders are treated equally in the workplace. 36% of women surveyed say they’re paid less and 59% of them report receiving fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. Continue reading

Guest Blog: 5 Powerful Tips For Guaranteeing Diversity In Your Hiring

When we don’t prioritize recruiting and obtaining a diverse group of employees, we lose the benefits that diversity carries – a variety of viewpoints with equally varied ideas for innovation, strategic familiarity with more representative populations of society at large, a positive reputation, and perhaps even happier customers.

Diversity in the workplace is a positive variable in the effort for long-term organizational sustainability and prospects for growth.

Despite such benefits, acquiring a diverse workforce is challenging. Fortunately, there are several hands-on practices and approaches available to ensure that your organization can find and retain diverse talent. No system will be perfect; consistently prioritizing diversity is a dynamic process, so it is worth revisiting your methods and processes routinely. Continue reading

6 Best Workplace Diversity Trends For 2018

A big focus in recruiting in 2017 was workplace diversity.

Workplace diversity is defined as: understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations, as well as differences in personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge bases

So what’s next?

Here are the 6 best workplace diversity trends for 2018.

1. Adopting a more diverse definition of diversity

Although gender and ethnicity are still the major focal points, organizations are starting to invest in multiples areas of diversity.

The most recent HR survey by Harvey Nash asked, “Which areas are your organization actively pursuing to be more diverse? Continue reading

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

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

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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How Recruiters Can Stop Unconscious Bias During Resume Screening [Video]

Research confirms unconscious bias in recruiting is still a major problem.

Learn more in our video below:

A recent study found unconscious bias occurs during resume screening. Asian applicants were 75% more likely to get a callback for an interview when they used a “whitened” version of their name (e.g., Luke instead Lei).

Black applicants were 160% more likely to get a callback for an interview when they used a “whitened” version of their name (e.g., L. Smith instead of Latisha Smith).

If you think minority applicants with similar qualifications to majority candidates are being overlooked at your company, it might be time to look into a technology solution. Continue reading

The 5 Best Resources Online For Reducing Recruiting Bias

It’s clear that recruiting bias is still a major topic of concern.

Last month, 175 CEOs united to be a part of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion alliance including organizations that span from Walmart to Major League Baseball.

As part of their pledge, one of their main goals is to mitigate recruiting bias and other types of biases in the workplace.

One benefit that has resulted from all this attention is that a lot of companies have started to develop resources on how to educate ourselves on these biases in order to help reduce their negative effects.

Here’s a list of the 5 best resources online for reducing recruiting bias. Continue reading