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.

  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

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

    James Surowiecki