Increase Diversity by Reducing Bias in Your Hiring Process

A diverse team is a strong team. At Criteria, we’re committed to helping organizations make fair and objective talent decisions that improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace by minimizing bias and uncovering the potential within each job candidate.

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Why unconscious bias may be sabotaging your hiring

Study after study shows that highly diverse teams are stronger, higher performing, and more innovative. Yet unconscious bias can affect our ability to objectively evaluate the potential in each candidate. Unconscious biases are learned stereotypes that are automatic, unintentional, and deeply ingrained. They are an unfortunate artifact of how human cognition developed, and so we all fall victim to them. Resumes and interviews can be notoriously unreliable, and can inject added bias and subjectivity into the hiring process. To minimize that bias, we advocate for a more objective approach that promotes racial, gender, and cultural diversity.

We’re committed to helping you improve diversity in hiring and reduce bias

We design each of our assessments to help you hire diverse, high performing teams. Through a rigorous validation process, our team of I/O psychologists ensures that our tests are non-discriminatory and that any subgroup differences are minimized, while maintaining the accuracy of the assessment. We do this by reviewing all test content for cultural sensitivity and for differential item functioning to ensure that each test is free of content bias across cultural and gender groups.

Unlock the hidden potential in your candidate pool

Assessments help organizations break away from their mental image of what the “ideal” candidate should look like by highlighting qualities that aren’t readily apparent from a resume or interview. Especially when administered early in the hiring process, our assessments help to surface outstanding candidates that may have been overlooked based on a resume alone. The result? A more diverse candidate pool with a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.

Hiring isn’t one-size-fits-all

Many organizations today are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion, but there’s no single solution. At Criteria, we’re dedicated to working with our clients to help them build a fair and equitable hiring process that fits their needs. From our blind hiring tool to custom validation studies provided by our team of I/O psychologists, our goal is to help organizations achieve their goals to build a stronger, more diverse team.