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Blind Hiring: A New Trend in the Quest for Fair Hiring Practices

Written by Michelle Silverstein

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With the recent push for companies to hire a more diverse workforce, many employers are opting to use what are known as “blind hiring” techniques. Blind hiring is a way to minimize unconscious bias in hiring decisions, making it easier for employers to evaluate a candidate’s abilities without being influenced by factors such as gender, ethnicity, age, and educational background. Blind hiring tactics can take many forms, from simply eliminating (or “blinding”) names and other identifying information on resumes, to postponing face-to-face interviews until as late in the hiring process as possible.  A recent Wall Street Journal article provides some other examples of innovative ways employers are implementing “blind hiring” techniques.

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