It is a fact that when it comes to hiring candidates from diverse backgrounds, an unconscious bias is always at play, which leads to weeding out of qualified candidates for less deserving ones. Thus, hiring managers are required to address this issue of bias which leads to discrepancies during selection process.
To overcome this pre-loaded bias, German recruitment agencies play a key role as they do not work on the belief that people who are like us are worth it and others should be rejected just on the basis of the personal judgement. They are open to diverse teams and growth of the business organization by hiring the right talent at the right position.
Here are some of the strategies being adopted by headhunters Germany to overcome personal bias in the hiring process:
Acceptance On Affinity Bias
The recruitment firms know well that each and every individual has a bias which impacts the professional decisions. Affinity bias is nothing but developing a liking for someone who is like us. So, hiring candidates belonging to the same race, gender, location, language, etc. are always seen. To address this issue, during the hiring process, the recruitment companies seek out, look and then act during the hiring by judging the candidates on the basis of their qualification and work experience.
Ascertain The Areas Where Bias Can Pop Up
When the managers are involved in the hiring process, they will have a bias and will judge the candidates on the parameters which include their own comfort when it comes to working with them. For instance, some would judge if having a beer with the candidate after working hours would be fine or if the candidate is accustomed to one’s own language. These are the instances of unconditional and unconscious bias. The recruitment agencies, on the other hand have no such personal biases as they are just recruiting the candidates for their client organization and are possibly not going to work with those candidates. So, the number of candidates they select are not judged on the basis of any personal bias.
Influence Of Peer Opinions
The hiring managers may see the feedback given by each other about the candidate because going for a personal interview with the candidate. This will indeed influence the decision to hire or reject a candidate. But, when a company hires the services of a staffing agency, the hiring managers are not allowed to take feedback from any fellow panelist or even any member of the selection committee. They are given freedom to form their own opinions free from any prejudices for making final selection of the candidates.
It is a fact that diversity in workplace is essential in order to make us smarter in terms of innovative and critical thinking. By having people from diverse background, the organization benefits in a lot of ways. Hence, one should focus on reducing the bias and increasing the ROI for the organization.