Diversifying your hiring pool

Diversifying your hiring pool
Diversifying your hiring pool

When you’re hiring staff, it’s often easy to use the same tried and tested methods you’re already used to get people in, quickly. However, using the same methods might attract the same sort of people, meaning you’re not always getting fresh ideas.

For example, if you use a certain recruitment site to advertise, they might not have as broad an audience as if you also used social media (attracting a younger demographic), print (perhaps appealing to an older demographic), and other types of places and ways which will in turn diversify the workforce!

There are loads of other options that you can consider, thankfully. Why not also think about using video interviewing software? By being able to interview people from a multitude of locations online first, you’re not wasting your time or theirs by bringing them in if they’re not right. People will travel for the right job, but probably not for a failed interview! As one company in the industry says “you hire people, not paper”, and so the traditional CV model may well be outdated!

Remember, different people have different schedules these days, so it’s not necessarily worth writing someone off just because they can’t work the traditional Monday-Friday 9-5. All employees can now ask you for flexible working hours once they’ve been there a while, but for new candidates, it might be worth looking at the pros and cons in this article. You don’t want to miss out on the right staff member if it can be avoided!

When you’re looking for diversity in the workplace, it’s important not to just try and ‘tick boxes’ and put people into categories. That’s embarrassing, counterproductive, and even somewhat offensive – you should always just hire the right person for the job! However, looking at a range of candidates will widen your talent pool for the better, and you may well find these new people with their wealth of experience will benefit you immensely. A good balance between ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds can help to promote diversity in a fast pace world, not for somewhat arbitrary reasons, but to really give exciting and new insight into the business and the way it works.