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Employers search incognito to remove hiring bias

21 June 2018 1 minute readShare
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Employers are set to be denied the names of candidates who apply for jobs on SEEK as the online jobs board seeks to eliminate gender and racial bias when screening potential candidates.

Launching its new tool called Hide Names, the optional feature will restrict names from being sent to hiring managers, allowing them to focus on merit and experience rather than any pre-conceived bias on the basis of an applicant’s race or gender.

Users of Talent Search and Premium Talent Search will be able to select a checkbox to turn on the feature, which will remove candidate names from view. Users can then switch it off again once a shortlist has been devised, to allow the process to progress.

“Bias is a complex issue and while there is no ‘silver bullet,’ we can continue to develop technology solutions like this that enable hirers to build more inclusive work environments,” said SEEK ANZ’s managing director, Kendra Banks.

“Businesses and Government organisations are focused on building diverse teams to deliver better business outcomes and reflect the diverse range of customers they serve.

“We’re pleased to announce this new feature that will help businesses tackle bias in the hiring process.”

John Riordan of recruitment firm FourQuarters has already added the tool to his search criteria, and said it is generating positive results.

“Gender and nationality are not things that should matter in this day and age but, unfortunately, unconscious bias does still exist in the hiring process. As hirers, we have a duty to acknowledge it and take any necessary steps possible to mitigate it,” he said.

“[This feature] helps remove a lot of ‘noise’ from the search process and allows us to focus fully on an individual’s skill set and experience.”

Employers search incognito to remove hiring bias
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Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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