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The Principles of Evidence-Based Interviewing (Webinar)

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 23, 2020

Hiring managers want to feel confident that their new hires are being selected using valid criteria that actually predict their success on the job, working from home, in this new pandemic economy. And familiar old ways of hiring are failing us more obviously now (it’s hard to have a “gut feel” for someone you only “met” on a video call). The good news is that better approaches to hiring already exist.

In this session you will learn what 100 years of research shows about effective hiring, and how to reduce bias and become more evidence-based in every step of the hiring process:
Principles of EBI

If you missed it, part one of the webinar can be found here.

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How to Hire People for Remote Work

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 23, 2020

What predicts whether your new hire will be successful in a fully remote position? Four things:

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Why Evidence-Based Interviewing Practices Are Needed Now (Webinar)

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 16, 2020

Familiar old ways of hiring are failing us more obviously now. Employers want a better approach to hiring that fairly assesses candidates during video interviews, reduces bias throughout the hiring process and builds more diverse and inclusive teams. Employers are frustrated, recognizing that differential treatment by race (and other factors) is still commonplace in hiring. But even with manager training and the best of intentions, outdated hiring practices often result in hiring people who are demographically similar to their hiring manager.

It’s time we broke that cycle of failure by interrupting the unconscious patterns of behavior that created it. The solution may be found in the field of behavioral economics, specifically in the science of choice architecture. It’s entirely possible to reengineer the hiring sequence to elevate the consideration of facts and reduce the impact of bias and other cognitive errors.

In this session you will learn: what hiring managers usually get wrong when they assess candidates during interviews, how and where your familiar hiring practices introduce bias into the hiring decision, the common mental errors that lead us all to reach incorrect conclusions about candidates.

Why-Evidence-Based Hiring is Needed
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My Journey to Eliminate Systemic Bias in Recruiting

Posted by Kim Kistner on June 23, 2020

As a strategic recruiting leader, I’m committed to helping bring about a more just and equitable society. That's why I am sharing my journey.

Those of us who work in recruiting and hiring have a real opportunity to make an impact, and an obligation to ensure our hiring practices eliminate bias to every extent possible. My hope is that this post can help other recruiters who are on the same path. My focus is on examining our existing structures and implementing processes that ensure we are thoroughly and fairly considering qualified, diverse candidates from every perspective, including race, but also gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, and national origin.

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How to Assess Cultural Fit Without Perpetuating Bias

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 23, 2020

Some people have persuasively argued that hiring managers should steer clear of trying to assess cultural fit in hiring because it leads to biased hiring decisions. Others have convincingly argued that employers do have a responsibility to assess cultural fit in hiring and that it will not lead to discrimination if handled properly. A couple of years ago, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) took the middle ground and had two HR experts debate the pros and cons of the topic in, Does Hiring for ‘Culture Fit’ Perpetuate Bias? 

From my review of the literature, it appears that the reason people are either for or against evaluating cultural fit depends on their level of confidence that employers will invest the time and effort to be methodical in their assessments. That’s a valid point.

For more than a decade, we’ve been looking closely at how we can help our clients assess cultural fit without perpetuating bias. Across hundreds of completed searches, we’ve found that it’s entirely possible for employers to methodically assess cultural fit during the interview process without perpetuating bias, but it usually requires a change in how you define, evaluate and discuss cultural fit.

To reduce the impact of bias in your hiring practices, look very closely at how you assess cultural fit in the interview. Untrained managers who are using an unstructured interview sequence will almost always perpetuate bias, regardless of their personal intentions. As legendary management guru W. Edwards Deming observed, “A bad system will beat a good person every time.” 

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How to Select Resumes Without Perpetuating Bias

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 23, 2020

When we present a slate of candidates to a hiring manager, we don’t “pitch” who we like best. Nor do we suggest they start their selection process by reading the candidates’ resumes. Both practices introduce far too much bias to the hiring process.

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Principles of Evidence-Based Interviewing

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 23, 2020

Familiar old ways of hiring are failing to meet the moment. It’s increasingly obvious that employers need a new approach that fairly assesses candidates during video interviews and more accurately determines who will be successful in a virtual work environment.

Organizations want to build more diverse teams and want to reduce bias throughout the hiring process. By now we've all seen the research indicating that more diverse teams are smarter, more creative, and perform better financially. Employers are frustrated, recognizing that differential treatment by race (and other factors) is still commonplace in hiring. But even with bias prevention training and the best of intentions, outdated hiring practices often result in hiring people who are demographically similar to their hiring manager.

It’s time we broke that cycle of failure by interrupting the patterns of behavior that created it.

Better approaches to hiring already exist. The research that supports them is clear and compelling. Let's not blame the individual hiring manager when hiring problems are systemic. What’s needed is an evidence-based approach to hiring that directly addresses the mental errors and systemic bias inherent in common hiring practices.

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What is Evidence-Based Interviewing?

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 23, 2020

Everyone wants to hire the most qualified candidates, but the most familiar hiring practices tend to value personal opinion over facts. And, as comfortable as we all are with our own opinions, extensive research reveals how pervasively our personal opinions lead to unintentional bias, missed missed opportunities and outright hiring mistakes. (You'll see in the research that outdated hiring practices often result in hiring people who are demographically similar to their hiring manager.) And the advent of entirely virtual interviews scrambles the hiring decision in new ways.

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Keeping Employees Safe, Secure, and Productive as We Reopen (Webinar)

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 12, 2020

Keeping Employees Safe, Secure, and Productive as we Reopen (Webinar)

I recently joined Heinan Landa, the CEO of Optimal Networks for a webinar. The topic was how to keep employees safe, secure, and productive in various scenarios for office reopening. We discussed a framework for balancing the risk, cost, and intrusiveness of various IT solutions in a work from home (WFH) environment. Our conversation focused on IT security, but that same decision-making framework applies to many aspects of work life now, including how we hire people in the pandemic economy.

Reopening Webinar June 9
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The Case for Evidence-Based Reference Checking

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 11, 2020

In an extensive study of 19 different employee selection methods, reference checking came in a dismal 13th in predicting the success of a new hire. There is also evidence that candidates from privileged backgrounds perpetuate that privilege in the reference checking process. Apparently, most reference checking practices aren’t much better than gathering advice from strangers on the internet (according to the internet this is a bad idea).

To get more value from our reference checks, we started asking different questions. Our goal was to improve the ratio we were gathering of fact vs. opinion. We call this “evidence-based reference checking” and it naturally follows our Evidence-Based InterviewingSM process. The difference was striking. All we changed was the reference questions themselves (because we already had a cleverly drafted reference release form, a protocol for asking for who we wanted to speak with, and were already independently verifying the identity of the person giving the reference).
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