I was recently asked to speak at a meet-up for internal recruiters and HR practitioners about diversity. This is certainly a topic that a lot of employers are talking about and the business case for a diverse workforce is compelling, so what’s really getting in the way of progress?
My message to employers: if your workforce currently lacks diversity, the only way you’re going to get a more diverse workforce is to recruit one! And it makes sense to engage a trusted recruitment partner to help you on your journey.
So as a specialist recruiter, how can you ensure your recruitment and sourcing processes are conducive to finding the candidates you are looking for? Let’s take a look at some practical ways in which recruiters are ensuring candidate diversity through each step of the talent funnel from employment branding, sourcing, candidate experience, assessment and selection.
Managing employer expectations
One of the most common concerns that I hear from employers is: “We want to hire for diversity, but we don’t want to lower the bar”. Well most applicants don’t want the bar lowered either – they want to be hired on merit, instead of being a token hire. But if your wish list doesn’t currently exist, throwing diversity into the mix isn’t going to make it any easier so what will employers give up in return for the diversity they desire? Look at what’s truly re