Fairness in hiring is essential

Ensuring a level playing field is key to creating a fair hiring process.

But because it involves human decision-making, hiring is prone to influence by gut instinct, emotion, learned behaviour, and inherent bias. These things can impede fairness and transparency – things that all candidates deserve.

Adding objectivity to your hiring process is a reliable way to ensure fairness. In addition to making your hiring process more fair, objective hiring practices also increases the likelihood of long-term talent success, improving both productivity and diversity in your workforce.


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Adding objectivity is simpler than you think

Criteria advocates for evidence-based hiring. As the name suggests, evidence-based hiring shifts reliance off of “gut feelings” and onto scientifically validated data about candidates when making hiring decisions.

Instead of relying on information gleaned from applications, resumes, and interviews, Criteria gathers objective evidence of future success with pre-employment assessment tools. These tools can be used at any point in your hiring process so you can identify the strongest candidates with impartial confidence.

Here’s how evidence-based hiring helps you and your candidates:

1. It’s predictive

Evidence-based hiring works because it only investigates data that are strong indicators of job performance. It doesn’t put stake in specific qualifications or years of experience, which can have an impact on how interviewers see candidates.  Instead, you use assessments to measure key performance indicators of success in the role. For example, you can add cognitive testing to measure a candidate’s aptitude, or get an understanding of their emotional intelligence with EI testing. Criteria provides a range of assessment tools that help you see beyond the resume and into a candidate’s true potential.

One of Criteria’s most popular assessments is Cognify. It’s a game-based assessment that measures factors such as problem-solving skills and critical thinking in an immersive, engaging environment. Similarly, the Emotify assessment measures a candidate’s likelihood to accurately perceive, understand, and manage emotions.

Using multiple Criteria assessment tools provides robust dimensionality for each candidate in your hiring pipeline. You can prioritise factors that you consider most important to the position you’re filling by weighing test results accordingly. This information more accurately predicts which candidate is most likely to succeed in the job compared to a resume alone.


2. It’s holistic

Because of the scientific rigour involved in evidence-based hiring, you’ll be able to see a more holistic picture of each candidate and their ability to succeed at your organisation. Criteria’s platform, workflow systems, and assessment tools have been designed to ensure a candidate’s full range of skills, aptitude levels, personality profile, and other performance measures can be seen all at once. And we’re consistently evaluating our methodology to make sure our assessments are continuously improving.

Criteria helps shape your decision-making with a well-rounded blend of objective data. And while no single factor can determine your decision, data from our assessments can be trusted to help you achieve hiring success.

 3. It’s objective

The biggest obstacle to a fair and transparent hiring process is inherent human bias. Mitigating this bias with objective hiring measures reduces its effect on decision-making. This ultimately makes the hiring process fairer for candidates – and leads to better outcomes for your organisation.

Criteria’s assessment tools are designed by organisational psychologists to objectively measure ability, reducing innate human bias. Our products contribute strongly to a more fair hiring process, supported by our psychometric methodologies.

Our platform was designed with inclusivity in mind. Some of our tests are adaptive and scale in difficulty, and most assessments can be adjusted to accommodate disabilities. With our video interviewing tool, you can even use ‘blind’ hiring functionality, disguising a candidate’s appearance, gender, and race. Criteria provides you with truly objective information that you can use to make your hiring process more fair.

4. It’s measurable

Hard data is usable, trustworthy information. Criteria assessments can compare any candidate’s performance against your specific objectives so that you can see for yourself how an evidence-based approach has improved your hiring process after you make a hire.

But don’t just listen to us – check out the results of our customers: A healthcare client of Criteria implemented a recruitment methodology recommended by our team that resulted in a 94% reduction in time to hire. Subsequently, recruitment costs dropped significantly. Review the full case study and learn more about the power of proper measurement and validation.

Working towards a fairer and more objective hiring process promotes diversity and better productivity in your workforce. Using evidence-based hiring can also negate the incidence of legal claims and challenges – an important consideration in today’s world. Most importantly, objective hiring practices ensure the right candidates are filling your positions – the main goal of any recruitment strategy. 

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