Many hiring managers do not realize they are bias in their hiring decisions, and trucking industry hiring managers are no different. Even if your bias is unconscious, it can wreak havoc on your hiring process, the types of candidates you attract, and more. How can you remove bias from your hiring process, if you do not even realize you have it?
Take a few minutes to think about your hiring process, the types of candidates you attract, and your hires. Are there any commonalities? Most likely your answer will be yes, and while this does not guarantee that you are biased in your hiring, it may be worth investigating further.
Whether you determine you have bias in your trucking hiring process or not, here are a few tips to help you remove bias from your hiring process:
Often you will fall into the trap of working with just one truck driving school for your recruits. When you limit yourself to just one school, it is a form of bias. Do not limit yourself, but instead work with several schools. You may suddenly see a wide array of graduates with diverse backgrounds that fit nicely in your company.
Many trucking hiring managers have various driving tests they expect their candidates to complete. Whether it is a simulated test or a live test, it is best to allow someone outside of your hiring process to do the evaluation. You can then evaluate the results blind, making your decision based on results and no other factors.
Consistency is one of the keys to removing bias from the hiring process. Make sure that your process is the same for everyone and no special favors are shown. When your hiring process is standardized, it helps remove any sway you might try.
Removing bias from your hiring process is something that will not only help you attract better candidates, but you will find your hiring process become much easier on you! Consider these tips before making your next hire.