Blind Recruitment: Blessing or Curse when Improving DE&I

In this webinar, Charlotte Melkert (CEO of Equalture) talks to DE&I consultant and founder of Ardent, Ella McCann Tomlin about the effectiveness of ‘blind recruitment’ in the DE&I efforts of a company.

Main Takeaways

  • What is blind recruitment

  • Information that is commonly anonymised on CVs,

  • The problems with using anonymised CVs in isolation

  • How tasks and assessments can aid in ‘blind recruitment’

  • How active sourcing and referrals be done objectively

  • Structured interviews as a tool for objectivity

To Summarise

‘Blind recruitment’ is the practice of removing any identifying information such as name, age, picture, ethnicity and address from the recruiting process. This is commonly applied to CVs.

Anonymising CVs as the only tool in a company’s DE&I hiring efforts poses the problem of postponing the bias and discrimination to the interview stage and leaves the candidate to shoulder the burden of hiding their identity. So what to do if ‘blind recruitment’ is in principle a good idea and overall widely used? Ella McCann-Tomlin (DE&I consultant and founder of Ardent) and Charlotte Melkert (CEO of Equalture) explore the problematic and explore alternative and additive processes that can help objectify and debias the recruiting process.

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

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.

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.

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