Reducing Bias

Personal biases can unwittingly creep into an interview but there are ways to reduce this risk.

Some tips include:

  • Ask all interview candidates the same questions and then score them against a scale.
  • Establish an interview team to reduce individual biases. Include other skilled immigrants, members of diverse communities or staff with a good understanding of cross-cultural issues to provide insight on socio-cultural responses that others on the panel may question.
  • Be aware of your own personal biases and prejudices to gain greater objectivity during the interview process.

Whether externally with candidates or internally with staff, avoid subjective terms in the recruitment process, such as “best cultural fit.” This can unwittingly exclude qualified candidates without gaining a deeper understanding of their potential contributions to your organization.

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