Objective and fair selection criteria should be consistently applied at all stages of the recruitment process. This will help ensure that the best candidate, assessed based on the candidate’s ability to perform a job, is recruited to fill the post. Staff involved in the recruitment process, including human resource staff, hiring managers, line supervisors and staff handling queries about job vacancies, should be trained to recognise and avoid discriminatory practices.
Here are some of recruitment disciplines to be reviewed:
Selection criteria should be stated clearly in the job advertisements, and should be principally related to qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience. Employers should avoid using words or phrases in the job advertisements that could be perceived as discriminatory. Employers who advertise a position requiring a specific attribute which might be viewed as discriminatory should ensure it is indeed a requirement of the job and state the reason for the requirement in the advertisement. This will ensure that the job requirements are well understood, expand the range of eligible candidates, and avoid negative perceptions of the employer concerned. Words or phrases that exclude or indicate preference for certain job seekers outside the home region should not be used in job advertisements, for examples:
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Employers should review the fields in their job application forms to ask only information relevant to assessing an applicant’s suitability for a job. This not only streamlines the application form but also ensures that the job application will be assessed fairly and based on merit.
Similarly, when requesting for resumes, employers should refrain from asking information that is not relevant in assessing an applicant’s suitability for a job. Examples of information that are not relevant to ask are: age, date of birth, gender, race, religion, marital status and family responsibility, disability, etc.
If employers need personal information, they should ask for it at the point of job offer with clear reasons why such information is needed. In addition, personal data collection during recruitment should always be kept confidential.
Employers involved in recruitment should be appropriately trained on the principles of fair employment practices and to recruit and select employees based on merit. They should ensure that the interviewing process is fair and unbiased. To help ensure an objective assessment of the applicant, employers should have: