The Importance of Blind Hiring

As recruitment is a very human process, it can be affected by judgment, bias, and opinions, whether we realize it or not. 

Blind Hiring offers a practical solution to reduce bias in recruitment. It ensures that those involved in recruitment decisions are only given facts and skills, as opposed to information that could cause bias, such as names, ages, and ethnicities. This makes it very difficult to hire based on anything but skill.

Major companies including the likes of Deloitte, BBC and Google are all implementing blind hiring practices, and it’s likely to filter down to companies of all sizes. 

Here are a few reasons why Blind Hiring is so important to increasing Diversity and Inclusion within businesses: 

  • Blind hiring reduces any bias, conscious or unconscious. This will ensure fairness within your hiring processes, whilst also having the secondary effect of creating a stronger employer brand, which will therefore attract more candidates. 
  • Blind hiring has been said to be more cost-effective in the long-run, as it reduces the chances of an unsuitable hire, as it focuses on just skills.

It’s important to remember that Diversity and Inclusion should be instilled throughout the whole people process, not just hiring.

For further support or advice on Blind Hiring, feel free to reach out to an consultant.