We want to hire based on skills and merit, not on skin colour, religion, gender, or any other unrelated characteristics. So, we aim to fill our hiring pool with a very diverse set of people, and then judge them all equally, trying as hard as we can to remove bias from the process.
Our main approaches to diverse and inclusive hiring:
Often people in minority groups don't feel as confident to apply. In many cases they also didn't have the opportunities that others got. Posting a role online and 'waiting for diversity to come' is not good enough for us.
So we want to actively work to make sure they are applying, even if they may not think they are ready. Many people, especially from minority groups, pre-reject themselves, by convincing themselves that they're not ready or they are not good enough. That's for us to decide together, so we want to engage early and make sure they're talking to us even if they are not sure.
There are many ways to tackle this, but a couple of approaches we already have in mind to start with include:
We know that some times are not suitable for young families who need to support kids, do school pick ups, take a sick kid to the doctors etc. So, we focus more on getting things done rather than being online all the time.
We aren't really bothered about how you arrange your day. Your time is your time, and you're free to organise yourself according to what suits you.
We do have catch-ups from time to time, but we're generally very light on meetings and we're always flexible in case someone can't make it. We try to create workflows and processes that support asynchronous style of work as much as we can, rather than forcing everyone to be available synchronously.
Interview processes are nerve wracking for anyone, but when you have been treated unfairly in the past, you may experience a whole different level of anxiety. We all know that nervous candidates struggle to showcase themselves and demonstrate their strengths.
We want to help candidates prepare for the interview and selection process by making sure they know what to expect, how to prepare, and in general just feel welcome.