Ready, Set, Recruit: Reviewing Resumes and Unconscious Bias

Arin N. Reeves
July 2014

Eliminate the unconscious biases when reviewing resumes.

The bad news: in the past few years several groundbreaking studies have demonstrated the extent to which unconscious bias can impact how we recruit and who we hire regardless of our conscious commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The good news: Once we recognize that unconscious biases creep into our recruiting and hiring practices without our knowledge, we can tweak our practices with simple changes that can reduce the impact of bias on recruiting and hiring decisions.

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.

    Woodrow Wilson
  • Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

    Madame De Stael
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

    Isaac Asimov
  • It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

    Albert Einstein
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

    Louis D. Brandeis
  • Differences challenge assumptions.

    Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Difference of opinion is helpful in religion.

    Thomas Jefferson
  • Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  • To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

    Tony Robbins
  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

    Charles Evan Hughes
  • In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.

    Audre Lorde
  • There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

    Michel de Montaigne
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki
  • Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.

    Leo Tolstoy
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity.They are the vital process of policy among free men.

    Herbert Hoover
  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.

    Deborah Tannen
  • Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.

    Walter Lippmann
  • The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

    Malcolm Forbes
  • One must even beware of too much certainty that the answer to life's problems can only be found in one way and that all must agree to search for light in the same way and cannot find it in any other way.

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Diversity creates dimension in the world.

    Elizabeth Ann Lawless
  • The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

    Albert Einstein