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Diversity Hiring


Diversity Hiring is the practice of recruiting and hiring people from diverse backgrounds, including individuals of different sexual orientations, races, religions, genders, educational levels, physical abilities, cultural backgrounds, and other personal characteristics. 


The term diversity hiring also refers to the hiring process. Organizations committed to diversity in all aspects of the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process have diverse recruiters and hiring managers. 


Many companies follow the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines for ensuring diversity in hiring, but there are additional steps companies can take to ensure that their diversity recruitment and hiring process is solid. 


  • Audit the current recruiting and hiring process, identifying the strengths and challenges. 

  • Set a yearly or bi-annual goal of choosing one metric for improvement.

  • Re-word job postings to use more inclusive language. 

  • Examine the images and videos used in promotional materials to ensure that a diverse workplace is represented. 

  • Encourage candidate referrals from existing diverse team members. 

  • Use pre-hire personality assessments that help employers increase workplace diversity

  • Conduct blind hiring, a technique that makes personal information about candidates anonymous. 



Besides hiring diverse individuals, having representation in the hiring process also shows a company’s commitment to a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policy. For example, a panel interview representative of the talent pool can make candidates feel more included. Companies can achieve this by having people of various races, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations conduct a panel interview.

Related Terms

Diversity in the Workplace

refers to the varying characteristics of employees at a job site or workplace


is a term that refers to an organization’s collective mixture of employees with similarities and differences. Diverse workplaces employ people of all ages, different values, cultural backgrounds, individual characteristics, life experiences, beliefs, races, education levels, religions, sexual orientations, genders, and physical abilities.

DEI Policy

is the term used to refer to an organization’s policies or programs used to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values. Having a DEI policy in place encourages recruiters to recruit and hire diverse team members and build a welcoming workplace that is free of discrimination.

Dimensions of Diversity

is a term that refers to a company’s workplace diversity and the employees who have different backgrounds, traits, and abilities.

Equal Opportunity Employment (EOE)

refers to offering employment opportunities to people based on their ability to perform the duties of a job rather than their age, gender, race, or other factors. EOE is the idea that every individual has an equal opportunity to be successful in their career regardless of where they come from, who they are, or what they look like.

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