Oops! I’m Biased – Podcast Episode 12: Blind Recruitment Part I

Blind Recruitment: Why anonymising CVs might not be effective in increasing candidate diversity

(Part 1 of 2)

Is blind recruitment effective when increasing the diversity of your talent pool? In this podcast episode, Charlotte Melkert (CEO of Equalture and podcast host) talks to DE&I consultant and founder of Ardent, Ella McCann-Tomlin about what blind recruitment is, the positive and negative impact blind recruitment can have on the hiring process, why blind recruitment sometimes just delays discrimination and if candidates should bear the brunt of hiding their identity in order for companies to not discriminate.

*’Blind hiring’ commonly refers to the practice of anonymising CVs. We acknowledge that using the descriptor ‘blind’ in this way has ableist connotations, and we address the issue of the widespread use of the term upfront in our conversation.

A bit about

Ella McCann-Tomlin

Ella McCann-Tomlin is based in London, UK and is the founder of Ardent, a consultancy specialised in organisational culture transformation and DE&I.

Ella has a decade of experience leading highly successful teams in the fast-paced world of tech. Ella spent almost a decade in commercial leadership roles before changing into DE&i and talent development. In these positions, she helped HR teams in 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, Charlotte’s knowledge about the importance of neurodiversity within the workplace is thorough.

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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