ILR School Research Identifies ways to Decrease Recruitment Bias

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HR Brew's "New Research from Cornell University Finds new way to Reduce Hiring Bias" features research from Cornell's ILR School assistant professor of organizational behavior Sean Fath, and co-author of “Encouraging Self-Blinding in Hiring.” He says that when given the option to see potentially biasing information about job candidates, hiring managers are more likely to choose not to opt in. 

Many applicant systems require hiring managers to opt out of seeing the information, which can cause recruiters to consider traits like race, gender, and ethnicity, according to a Cornell Chronicle article.

“We found that having to actively select each piece of information leads individuals to be a little more thoughtful about what they’re selecting,” says Fath.