Blind Recruitment.

Blessing or Curse when Improving DE&I?

Tuesday, September 27th 2022 - 12:00 PM (CEST)

In this webinar, Charlotte Melkert (CEO of Equalture) has invited DE&I consultant, Ella McCann-Tomlin to discuss the following subjects:

  • The benefits of blind hiring
  • The drawbacks of blind hiring
  • Blind recruitment and it’s underlying connotation of ableism
  • Where blind hiring is an effective practice to further a company’s DE&I efforts

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What if you were to get rejected from a job because of your name?

US researchers found that, when sending fictitious applications using randomly assigned and racially distinctive names, Black names received significantly fewer responses from Fortune 500 companies to their applications, compared to White names. 

Discrimination based on your name and photo on your CV is still commonplace. Blind hiring (anonymising CVs) is known to be a standard practice to avoid it and thereby improve DE&I efforts. But is it really that effective? Or is it potentially harmful, delaying discrimination based on your appearance and name to a later stage in recruitment?

P.S. The term ‘blind recruitment’ has underlying ableist connotations. The choice to include it in the title of this webinar is rooted in the widespread use of the term and in the intention to contribute to the ongoing conversation about inclusive language in professional contexts and to raise awareness.

A bit about

Charlotte Melkert

With years of experience in the field of recruitment, both by starting a recruitment agency as well as being the Co-Founder & CEO of the hiring software company Equalture and her dedication to ensuring equal opportunities in hiring is truly admirable.

Her first years of being an entrepreneur have led her to several public speaking activities and nominations, including the top 8 most talented female entrepreneurs of The Netherlands, Forbes 30 Under 30, Top 30 Most Inclusive Leaders NL, LOEY Talent Award, Sprout 25 under 25 and Sifted’s top 14 European Gen Z Founders.

A bit about

Ella McCann-Tomlin

DE&I consultant. Prior to starting her own consultancy, where she now works with companies who want to do more and do better with their DE&I strategy, Ella spent almost a decade in commercial leadership roles. In these positions, she did a lot of HR work, shaping the hiring process and the career progression of her teams, always aiming at making DE&I a priority in the company.