Avoiding Bias in Candidate Screening
Unconscious Bias: a concept that affects us all, in every aspect of life. As agency owners, it is crucial for us to understand our duty and responsibility to keep unfair bias out of our hiring decisions to ensure candidates of all backgrounds and identities are receiving an impartial hiring process. Many are not aware of the unconscious biases they hold which is why, by education ourselves, we are taking the first step to substantial change! In his educational, yet inspiring session, Mike Coffey will address an alternative duty that we can agree is just as important as releasing our unconscious biases: our ability to encourage diversity in children’s lives, freeing them from constraints in their worldview as they mature. Research suggests that children in culturally responsive educational experiences help to: build young children’s self-confidence and skills, increase children’s awareness, appreciation, and inclusion of diverse beliefs and cultures, and maximize children’s academic achievement and educational success. Pretty important, huh? By examining the difference between legitimate job qualifications and unfair bias, he will explore the ways in which agencies can build processes that limit the impact of unfair bias in hiring decisions. The better we are able to understand how our biases affect our interactions across differences – with domestic workers, nannies, agency owners, and administrative staff – the better we can impact our caregiving communities as well as our children’s futures.
Mike Coffey is an entrepreneur, human resources professional, licensed private investigator, and HR consultant. Mike is president of Imperative, a background screening company serving risk-averse employers, which, through its PFC Caregiver and Household Screening brand, serves domestic staffing agencies and families across North America. Mike has been recognized as an Entrepreneur of Excellence and has twice been named HR Professional of the Year. Mike maintains his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the HR Certification Institute. He is also a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Each week, he hosts the Good Morning, HR podcast, where he talks to business leaders about bringing people together to create value for customers, shareholders, and the community. Mike lives in Fort Worth with his very patient wife, where he practices yoga and maintains a keto diet, both of which he will gladly tell you way more than you want to know.