Anti-discrimination laws relate to gender, age, disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, race, ethnicity and a myriad other issues. Personally, the recruiter too would be categorized and identified with certain groups and traits. But as long as the recruiter is focused on questions which absolutely and only relate to clear organizational interests and job skills, bias can be kept at a minimum.
To conduct a safe interview without bias, follow the following tips:
- Be absolutely sure of the job role that is going to be filled and the responsibilities associated with it, so that you can prepare a proper questionnaire that focuses on the purpose of the interview. Such questions would naturally be around topics like skills, work-experience, etcetera, but would not include questions about the ancestry of the interviewee
- To keep interviews unbiased, keep all questions related to the job and never move into any personal territory. Do not ask any question where the information in the answer is irrelevant to the recruitment decision. Common questions like asking about marital status or about children can land you in trouble. Before you sit on an interview board, disable all your disability related questions – ask about abilities related to the job.
- Create a questionnaire or a script and ask all interviewees for the same job role, the same set of questions.
- Remember written evidence excludes oral evidence, so all notes you take at an interview and everything you write down can be scrutinized later on to draw a conclusion of bias. Be careful. It is not good practice at job interviews to note down or record your opinions in place of the information provided by the interviewee.
- Treat everyone with respect, so that no one walks away with a special grudge.