Unconscious Hiring Bias

Discussions regarding unconscious hiring bias are trending in the news. Observers concede unconscious hiring basis is real and exists. Candidates and employers make assumptions throughout the hiring process which affect the outcome of interviews and offers. Candidates are on-guard for recruiter bias Candidates are acutely aware of possible recruiter bias in cases when their skin … Read More

Interracial Marriage

Interracial marriage was historically a taboo in the US. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found laws banning interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.Interracial marriage has grown in the United States over the past few decades, and polls show that most Americans are accepting of mixed-race relationships. A 2012 … Read More

Minority

The word minority is offensive and degrading particularly when referring to current employees and prospective new hires regardless of race. Our favorites include, hiring minority, ”we ask our minority employees for references”, minority professionals to name a few. No so long ago, minority was HR code for African Americans or Latinos. It was understood by … Read More

Michelle Obama – Glorious Diversity

Our First Lady, Michelle Obama, spoke about the value of the country’s “glorious diversity” in an emotional speech – her last speech on January 6th. Michelle Obama extolled the value of the country’s “glorious diversity” in an emotional address on Friday – January 6.Using her last speech as first lady to reiterate the outgoing administration’s … Read More

Trump White House

White males dominate the Trump White House cabinet posts. Of Trump’s 18 choices to date — excluding his vice president and senior Trump White House staff — 14 are white, of which 12 are male. None are Latino. By comparison, 11 of the the corresponding positions in Obama’s first Cabinet were white — with seven … Read More

Diversity Postings – Good, Bad, Ugly

Diversity postings – good, bad, ugly is how someone might judge the quality of any job posting. The fact a job opening is being advertised is clearly a good deed. Here are some other good practices: Good Practices 1:The posting appears for more than 30 days. A longer duration allows passive job seekers time to … Read More

Diversity Candidate Pipeline

“Oh yeah, we want to build a diversity candidate pipeline”. Our reply “that’s great!” We then ask what does having a diversity candidate pipeline mean to you – can you describe a pipeline? Top 5 replies regarding having a pipeline. 1:” Our diversity candidate pipeline is a list of candidates you can call at any … Read More

Job Posting Application Deadlines

Job posting application deadlines can be self defeating. Ever notice when reading job postings on line with text stating “Application deadline dd/mm/year”. Have you ever wondered what the benefits are of publishing job posting application deadlines ? Why post a deadline? Here are some possibilities: 1: HR corporate policies dictate the statement be included. Why? … Read More

Hiring Diversity Faculty

An article written by Ivy League professor described an attitude of “we don’t want them” exists regarding hiring diversity faculty. The author, Marybeth Gasman, a professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania, made the remark “we don’t want them”. Ms. Gasman’s remarks were made when giving a talk about Minority Serving Institutions. She … Read More

Do Black Names Matter ?

Black names matter when some recruiters associate a particular name with racial significance. Following are two groups of names which might appear on an online job application. One group is comprised on men and women with names such as Tyrone, DeShawn, Reginald or Demetrius. The women are named Latisha, Shanice and Ebony. The second group … Read More