How to ensure Equality when Shortlisting Job Candidates
To ensure equality in the shortlisting process, the key is to base all decisions on an objective assessment of the applications or CV.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) code recommends that employers build the following best practice guidelines into their selection procedures:
have more than one person involved in shortlisting applicants to reduce the chances of individual bias, or subjective opinion that can prejudice the chances of an applicant’s selection
agree the marking system, including the cut-off score for selection, before the assessment of applications
apply the marking system consistently to all applications
base selection only on information provided in the application form
don’t change the weight given to each criterion in the person specification during shortlisting
mark applications separately, where more than one person is involved in selection, before a final mark is agreed.
Adopting these approaches employers will help employers eliminate the risk of discrimination in their shortlisting methods.
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