How Blind CVs Impact the Recruitment Process
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

How Blind CVs Impact the Recruitment Process by Diana Nadim

A new solution for the recruitment process has stepped on the scene and it’s called blind hiring. A blind CV is the basis of blind hiring. It is a CV that doesn’t have any identifying factors like name, gender, age, or race. This type of recruitment has been introduced with the purpose of eliminating any type of conscious or subconscious bias. By evaluating the candidates more objectively, the companies will be able to hire diversified candidates who are truly fit for that job position. But the question is how does blind hiring affect the recruitment process?

 

The Presence of Bias in the Recruitment Process

As much as we would like to live in a world without discrimination or favouritism, the reality is that they are often present, especially in the world of business.

There are many pieces of research and academic studies that prove that bias is widespread in the hiring process. Take a look at the following facts:

  • According to a 2017 UK study, just a third (32%) of HR managers felt confident that they are not prejudiced when hiring new staff. Nearly half (48%) admitted that bias affects their candidate choice, while 20% said they couldn’t be sure if bias affected their decisions.
  • A report by the Women and Equalities Committee from 2016 showed that Muslim women are three times as likely as women in other social groups in the UK to be unemployed.
  • In a US study, universities seeking a laboratory manager were randomly given CVs with male or female names. Those with ‘male’ names were rated as “significantly more competent and hirable.”
  • As a part of their study, the US National Bureau of Economic Research sent out 40,000 fictional job applications and found that the fictional workers aged 49-51 received 19% fewer responses than those aged 29-31. Those aged 64-66 received 35% more interview invitations than those aged 29-31.

Such a discriminating attitude towards potential candidates enables companies to find the best candidates. The characteristics which employers subconsciously value more don’t necessarily depict a better candidate. That is why blind recruitment was introduced.

The Introduction of Blind Hiring

It all started in 1952 when this method was used by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The musicians were asked to play behind the screen during their audition which increased the number of women who were accepted to the orchestra.

According to later research, blind auditions by 50% increase a woman’s chance of being accepted by an orchestra.

The problem with bias is that it happens subconsciously so people don’t have control over it. Even those who claim that they are completely objective while going through the candidate’s CV, they still might choose a male candidate rather than a female.

 

How Does a Blind CV Work?

In a recent podcast about unconscious bias, Ksenia Zheltoukhova the CIPD’s Head of Research said, “Anonymising CVs is an effective intervention for increasing diversity in organizations and reducing bias in recruitment.”

Therefore, it all starts with censoring the CVs. You can’t really make the whole recruitment process anonymous but CV censorship will help you pick the best of the best without subconscious bias.

A blind CV can be executed in more than one way. It all depends on how much you want to emit. One option is to just eliminate the basics such as name, gender, and name. Another option is to remove other personal details as well such as the educational background.

The reason why some recruiters opt for the second option – that is eliminating educational history – is to prevent favouring candidates who have a similar background to their own. For example, if the recruiter went to Yale, he or she might identify and feel closer to those candidates who also went to Yale.

The steps you need to take to make the blind CVs work are:

  1. Decide which information you want to remove from the CVs.
  2. Use an automation tool to anonymize the data or ask a colleague who won’t be a part of a recruitment process to eliminate that information from the CVs.
  3. Start reviewing blind CVs.

 

The Advantages of Blind CVs

Blind CVs can definitely improve your recruitment process. To summarize all the positive impacts:

  • They eliminate initial bias.
  • They don’t allow personal information to affect the recruiter’s judgment.
  • They single out the best candidates without focusing on race, age, or culture.
  • They help the recruiters hire a diversified workforce.
  • They show that the company isn’t discriminating.
  • They boost the employer brand.

You might think that your recruitment team is already as objective as it can be, but you’ll never know unless you give blind CVs a chance.

 

The Potential Issues of Blind CVs

While positive sides of blind CVs are notable, we can’t forget that there are two sides to every story. Some of the limitations and drawbacks of blind CVs are:

  • Those who have quotas for gender and race might not be able to fulfil them if they eliminate personal information.
  • Without knowing personal interests, the recruiters won’t know if the candidate is a match to their company’s culture.
  • It only eliminates bias from the initial stage of recruitment, so the bias can reappear during the interview.
  • The recruiters can still form bias based on other information; e.g. the experience can reveal the age of the candidate.
  • Eliminating personal information can lead to an incomplete picture of the employee. If someone has a gap in their work history, a blind CV won’t give the explanation why and therefore it can harm the candidate’s chances.

Undeniably, using blind CVs has its issues as much as it has its advantages, but it can bring some innovation and improvement to the hiring process. It all comes down to what the company finds to be the best for its progress.

 

Some Final Thoughts

Using blind CVs can improve your company’s diversity and help you choose the best candidates by putting bias aside. Besides using blind recruitment, you can also emphasize your commitment to diversity by stating on the job post that you are interested in forming a diverse team. Also, make sure that everyone on the hiring committee is ready to put their differences aside and accept the blind hiring process as the best choice for the company’s progress and success. By building a team of diverse people, you are building a better tomorrow for future generations.

 

Diana Adjadj

Diana Nadim is a writer and editor who has a Master degree in Marketing. She combines her passion for writing with her interest in research and creates thought-provoking content in various fields. Besides working as a contributor writer for TrustMyPaper and WowGrade, Diana also runs her own blog. What inspires her the most in her writing is traveling and meeting new people. Follow her on Twitter.

 

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Diana Nadim


Diana Nadim is a writer and editor who has a Master degree in Marketing. She combines her passion for writing with her interest in research and creates thought-provoking content in various fields. Besides working as a contributor writer for TrustMyPaper and WowGrade, Diana also runs her own blog. What inspires her the most in her writing is traveling and meeting new people. Follow her on Twitter.


10 Ways To Improve Employee Motivation
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

10 Ways To Improve Employee Motivation by Diana Nadim Adjadj

Employee motivation is essential for improving engagement and productivity. If your workers are not motivated enough, everything will fail. Here are ten ways you can motivate your employees and inspire them to do great deeds.

 

1. Set Small Goals

Instead of trying to achieve something huge, start out small and take baby steps. You don’t need to demand a lot from your employees all at once, but rather ask them to move at a steady pace.

Remember that achieving something small is easier than doing so for a bigger aim. Motivation stems from the feeling of happiness your employees get when they are successful at doing something. This is why small goals work better than bigger ones.

 

2. Encourage Teamwork

Teamwork makes the dream work! By encouraging teamwork, you prompt your employees to collaborate on a single task and complete it together as one whole rather than individually. This relieves stress partially as a single person will not have to be entirely responsible for something too major.

When your employees work as a team, they divide tasks among themselves and work more efficiently which leads to faster completion of the project. Your team members will be motivated and inspired to continue working together on new projects and will be more confident in their abilities.

Company Culture

3. Continue Learning

Never forget about one thing: we learn throughout our whole lives. This also means that your employees must continue learning in order to feel more motivated to complete more difficult or complicated tasks that require advanced skills.

You can hold regular lectures and workshops inviting experts from your field to train your workers. When it comes to new employees, make sure to provide them with a training course that will prepare them for their position in your company.

 

4. Change the Scenery

Sometimes the problem lies not within but without and changing the scenery can help a lot. If your organization has stayed in one office for a decade, it’s probably time to change the design or even move to a different location. You could also consider offering remote working.

Alternatively, if you want to change everything entirely, you can take your team to a local café or public workspace. This is especially great for those who only require a laptop to complete their work, so they can sit in such places while still continuing doing their tasks. It may sound insane at first, but it actually depends on what kind of company you have and who your employees are.

 

5. Celebrate Success

“Our team always celebrates success. I think that this is the fun part of my job because this is the time when I feel like I’ve done something very important and I can finally appreciate my hard work along with my colleagues,” says Kristin Savage, writer at Studicus.

Indeed, celebrating success is crucial for keeping your employees motivated. Show them that you appreciate what they do and want to see more of it. After all, working together for a common aim is great but achieving it feels even better.

 

6. Reward Achievements

This one is directly related to the previous point. By rewarding achievements, you not only show your appreciation but also make them matter in a way that gives your employees actual materialistic benefits.

For example, you could give our rewards in the form of gift cards to different shops your employees like visiting. Or you could take everyone out to a restaurant. Alternatively, consider allowing your best workers to get more vacation days. Anything works as long as it has value for your employees and they are happy about getting it.

 

7. Provide Security

Everyone wants to have a stable life and feel like they can rely on what they have at the moment. This is why providing your employees with a sense of security will make them more motivated to work harder and better.

Try to show them that they don’t need to worry about minor issues and can focus on the matter at hand. This will keep them more dedicated to their job and loyal to your company. However, keep in mind that security may come in different forms so you can try and experiment with this and that until you find something suitable.

 

8. Stay Positive

Staying positive is the definition of motivation. Make sure that your employees feel happy and satisfied to keep them motivated. You can send them different motivational articles or being an optimist around them to make them happy too. After all, happiness is contagious.

 

9. Find Purpose

One of the reasons why your employees may be unhappy is because they don’t have a purpose either in life or at work. They go to their job just for the money or to kill time. Sometimes this lack of motivation occurs because they don’t understand the mission of your organization, so all it takes is for you to explain it and clearly define it to them.

 

10. Exercise & Take Breaks

Last but not least, make sure that your employees take regular breaks and exercise (even next to their workstation). Exercising helps your workers stay healthy and improves their mood which, in turn, improves their motivation. Also, make sure that the breaks your workers take are truly regular as nobody would want to overwork themselves. If there are any workaholics in your team, you must still make them rest once in a while or they can get exhausted easily.

 

Final Thoughts

All in all, it’s really not that complicated to inspire your employees once you know what aspects you have to improve. Take into consideration the advice in this article and make sure to implement it into the daily life and workflow of your employees.

 

Diana Adjadj

Diana Nadim is a writer and editor who has a Master degree in Marketing. She combines her passion for writing with her interest in research and creates thought-provoking content in various fields. Besides working as a contributor writer for TrustMyPaper, Diana also runs her own blog. What inspires her the most in her writing is travelling and meeting new people. Follow her on Twitter.

 

Smart Recruit Online offers an award-winning talent attraction software that can streamline and revolutionise your recruitment. To find out what we can to for your recruitment strategy, book a demo by clicking here.

 

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Diana Nadim


Diana Nadim is a writer and editor who has a Master degree in Marketing. She combines her passion for writing with her interest in research and creates thought-provoking content in various fields. Besides working as a contributor writer for TrustMyPaper and WowGrade, Diana also runs her own blog. What inspires her the most in her writing is traveling and meeting new people. Follow her on Twitter.


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