What is Blind Screening?

Studies have shown that people exhibit bias, even when they don't mean to! This translates to statistics like 50% fewer callbacks for candidates without so-called "white"-sounding names. Bias, even unconscious, unintential bias, can interfere with fair handling of candidates, and wreak havok with a diversity hiring mandate.

The solution is something called blind screening. With blind screening, the people who decide whether or not to advance a candidate are unable to see that candidate's demographic identity: their gender, age, race, ethnicity etc. They only see the candidate's qualifications, and so judge them on qualifications alone.

Blind screening programs can be challenging for an organization to set up. Fortunately, Opus AI makes it easy.

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The Firewall

In blind screening, there are two very distinct roles involved in handling candidates. The first group, the deciders (referred to as Hiring Managers in Opus AI) may decide whether or not to advance a candidate. However this group may not see the candidates' identities.

The second group, the coordinaters (called HR in Opus AI), may see the identities of candidates (in order to contact and coordinate with them), but they may never make a decision about whether or not to advance the candidates. Because they can see the candidates' identities, they may be subject to bias.

How Hiring Managers Decide

Hiring managers, the deciders, of course can't see resumes because they're full of identity information. Even redacted resumes can "leak" identity information about candidates through design choices and seemingly innocuous content.

Instead, Opus AI shows hiring managers rich profiles of candidates containing relevant qualifications for the position or candidate pool under consideration. Based on these qualifications, the hiring manager can decide whether to advace the candidate – all without ever knowing any demographic information about them.

The Event Log

Opus AI keeps an event log of all actions that occur with a candidate while they are being scouted for a position or candidate pool. This event log includes all feedback given for the candidate, each time they were unmasked by HR staff, and whether they were ultimately advanced or passed over.

This event log is unalterable and serves as the organization's proof of proper handling of the candidate within a blind screening program. This both encourages the organization to do the right thing, but also provides insulation against charges of bias in candidate screening.

Blind Screening Made Easy

With Opus AI, it's easy to set up a blind screening program within your organization. Opus AI's baked in support for the "firewall" between deciders and coordinators, plus its rich candidate profiles and event logs enables you to quickly set up audited blnd screening within your organization.

If you really want to kickstart a diversity hiring program, and protect yourself from liability, blind screening is the way to go.

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