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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Breaking biases: Why shortlisting is critical to inclusive recruitment

Sue Johnson, Managing Partner of the Inclusion & Diversity Practice, has been featured in HR Future with an insight on how to address unconscious bias in the shortlisting process. 

Unconscious bias, an inherent part of our human nature, is a significant barrier to organisational progress. Our innate preference for familiarity impedes the true potential of varied experience, skills, and background, while unfairly limiting candidate opportunities.

The battleground for addressing this challenge lies within the shortlisting process, where unconscious bias is seen most acutely. By tackling this crucial step head-on, organisations can unlock the full spectrum of human talent, fostering both fairness and transformative growth. 

At Odgers Berndtson, our research shows training hiring managers in the principles of inclusive recruitment directly influences inclusive recruitment processes. This leads to broader and more diverse shortlists and ultimately impacts the range of talent available to organisations.


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