In a multicultural society many things can become discriminatory and recruitment is rife with bias and non-inclusion both consciously and unconsciously. Blind recruitment is a growing form of transparent recruitment that levels the playing field for employers and jobseekers. Blind recruitment uses a merit-based system that ensures any bias, intentional or unintentional is excluded from the recruitment process.
How does MeritEmploy create a blind recruitment scenario?
MeritEmploy uses advanced technology and merit-based algorithm to produce anonymous jobseeker profiles. The anonymous jobseeker profile contains:
- No Profile Image
- No Name
- No Age
- No Gender
- No Ethnicity
- No Religion
- No educational institution names or details
- No Hobbies and Interest
- No Company names
- No Employment dates
- No Qualification dates
- No email or social media information
Why use blind recruitment?
We live and work in a multicultural society where equal rights need to be upheld at all times. There is evidence that bias and discrimination whether intentional or unintentional play a significant role in the hiring process. This bias often means that many of the best candidates for the job are overlooked and companies fail to employ the absolute best candidate for the job. The following evidence confirms/discusses this:
- Article published in the Telegraph (McCann K, 2015), David Cameron announced Blind-Name Recruitment when people apply for public sector jobs. Although, it was a positive step forward, it only emphasised on the name. Apart from the name there are also other factors that influence recruitment decisions, allowing conscious/unconscious bias to emerge.
- “Disabled people have to apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people before finding one.” (Bulman M, 2017)
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people are still facing major job gaps in the UK, although a policy analyst (Henehan K) stated in recent decade people going to University is growing vastly and the progress made by black and ethnic minority groups is overwhelming. (Slawson N, 2017) This suggests employers overlook education in the hiring process regardless of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic gaining degrees/qualifications.
- A recent article by the Guardian (Khan O, 2018) states apart from gender pay gap, Ethnic Minority workers are also being underpaid.
The articles clearly describe the effect discrimination has on today’s society.
What are the benefits of blind recruitment?
- Unbiased and transparent recruitment and hiring process for candidates.
- Reduced unconscious bias in the recruitment that is found in many organisations around the world.
- Proving to influence organisational success thought improved and increased productivity.
- Research shows a clear connection between increased workforce diversity and improved revenue.
- Helps employers focus on finding candidates who are most capable to do the job.
A complete blind recruitment platform
MeritEmploy is a complete blind recruitment tool that simplifies the recruitment process allowing the candidates to be introduced in a transparent, fair and non-discriminatory manner. Advanced technology and innovation bring employers, recruiters and candidates together on one platform to ensure that jobs are filled by the capable candidate.