How to mitigate bias in the recruitment process

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“If you have a brain you have a bias” and nowhere is this more apparent than in our hiring processes.

The 3Plus International  ‘How to Mitigate Bias in the Recruitment Process’ programme highlights where bias is embedded in each stage of the hiring process and gives you steps on how to manage it better to build more inclusive and diverse teams.

The programme is designed to convey how damaging bias in the recruitment process can be to business and organisational success in a way that is both thought provoking and engaging.


Mitigate bias in the recruitment process

Bias in the recruitment process

“If you have a brain you have a bias”

Wherever you find human interaction you find bias and nowhere is this more obvious than in the hiring process.  Because we are unable to manage our biases as we should, this means we make decisions based on perception rather than fact. This leads to mini-me and cloning recruitment systems.  When we manage our biases we are able to create inclusive recruitment processes to support business success more effectively.

The biggest barrier to diversity and inclusion is unconscious bias.

This programme takes participants through the stages of the recruitment process and highlights the biases that occur at each stage:

  1. Needs assessment
  2. Profile creation
  3. Sourcing
  4. Screening
  5. Candidate assessment and Testing
  6. Interviewing
  7. Selection
  8. Salary and contract negotiation


How it works

This is a multi-media, interactive online workshop with knowledge transfer and embedded learning at every point of interaction. This could include polls, breakout rooms, quizzes, and engagement via the chat.

Following a hands-heart-minds approach. It is designed to convey the serious nature of bias  and how it impacts both businesses and organisations, but in a way that is thought provoking and engaging.

This is followed by interactive group exercises to test that this knowledge has been assimilated

This training presupposes a basic understanding of unconscious bias and the impact they have on the workplace via assigned pre-work. If the organizers feel that this is unrealistic – it will need to be covered in the session.

bias in the recruitment process


Who should attend?

Target Audience: HR generalists, Talent Acquisition specialists, Talent Development, Sourcers, Hiring Managers, Recruiters, Learning and Development Specialists

What you will learn

Participants will either discover or develop their knowledge of the following to mitigate bias in the recruitment process:

  • A deeper awareness around unconscious bias to explore the degree to which it is embedded in our everyday cultures and lives (Option 1 only)
  • Why businesses need to accelerate their efforts in this area, and why what we are doing currently is bad for business (Option 1 only)
  • An understanding of how unconscious bias contributes to  stereotypes,  hierarchies (gender, race, age, etc) plus active  discrimination.
  • Knowledge of where we find bias in our organisations and specifically the recruitment process.
  • Knowledge of where bias vulnerability occurs at each stage of the 8 steps in a typical recruitment process
  • Actions they can take to manage and mitigate against bias at each stage of this process


There are two options:


This programme is best for organisations at the beginning of their DE&I journey to understand the fundamentals of bias in the talent pipeline. It can be delivered in person or on line and is best as a small group session maximum 16-20 people.

Time – One day 9:00 -12:30 and 14:00 -15:00. with numerous breaks throughout the session.


This is a 2.5 hour online session for organisations which have already covered the fundamentals related to DE&I and wish to focus on very specific issues around bias in the recruitment process.

Time: by arrangement

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Dorothy Dalton CEO 3Plus International


Manage a Remote Team More InclusivelyDorothy is a certified Coach and Trainer,  HR, Diversity and Inclusion Professional. She specialises in supporting organisations achieve gender balance to support inclusive growth.

Dorothy works globally in talent management strategy, covering the whole spectrum of career challenges from “hire to retire” in the talent pipeline. An Economist and CIPD Associate, she has recruited, trained and coached thousands of men and women in her career, working with leading international companies and organizations. She is a certified coach (CBC) and trainer (ISITB.) and trained in eLearning techniques.

Dorothy is based in Brussels and works internationally.