Equal opportunities hiring is an important consideration for many businesses today. Not only can it be great for your business to have a diverse group of viewpoints and experiences within your workforce, but it is also a legal requirement in the UK that your hiring process doesn't discriminate against candidates on the basis of age, sex, race, disability, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or religious background. The anonymity built into Matchitude helps you to avoid discrimination in two key ways:
1) Prospecti are designed to minimise bias from within your hiring panel.
When you read a prospectus, you don't see the person's name, date of birth, address, or any other personal information. You can't discriminate based on information that you don't have!
These features are particularly important in tackling unconscious bias. 'Pattern bias' describes the tendency to look for patterns between potential recruits and other, successful employees. While we are aware of this bias when it comes to things like the degree studied or experience gained, superficial characteristics can also affect our perception on a subconscious level.
Not only is the prospectus designed to focus on the most relevant information—the candidate's experience and aspirations—but the fact that you are seeing the same information, in the same format, for all candidates, means that it is easier for you to compare candidates without being swayed by font preferences or CV layouts.
2) The Matchitude process can help to empower people from groups who statistically may not apply for your job even if they are suitably qualified.
As an employer, you know that when you place a job advert, you often receive applications from candidates with a range of suitability. Some candidates are overqualified, some are underqualified and some, hopefully, are just right.
What you may not know is that different candidates feel differently about applying for jobs that they are not sure they meet the requirements for. For example, research has shown that women tend to only apply for jobs when they are confident that they meet all the given requirements, while men may apply when they meet as little as 60% of the requirements.
By using Matchitude, you are able to contact candidates who interest you, whether they meet 60%, 90% or 100% of your criteria. Save your business the time, money, and headaches created by CVs and hand-select only the candidates that fit your needs.