Story image

Unconscious bias in Kiwi recruitment - is tech the solution?

26 Jun 17

'Unconscious bias' in recruitment processes is not uncommon in most developed economies, claims FluentIQ, a Christchurch-based company.

But, can technology be a solution to this problem? 

FluentIQ claims that it can be. 

FluentIQ’s mission is to improve lives through language. To do this, the company developed a platform that automatically assesses an individual’s ability to communicate in English. The New Zealand company was founded in 2015.

According to FluentIQ, studies have shown that a 'foreign' named applicant will be 3x less successful in getting an initial job interview than someone with a duplicate CV but a more 'local' name.

Moreover, unconscious bias is hindering the nation’s ability to build diverse and optimal workforces, a necessity for competing in global markets in the 21st century, says FluentIQ.

Talent shortages, as a result of unconscious bias, are also plaguing the developed economies of the world. FluentIQ stresses that employers cannot afford to disadvantage the very job applicants who represent the best possible solution to these talent problems.

"Unconscious bias in our recruitment and hiring practices is hurting our ability to recruit the 'best person for the job' and that is costing our organisations opportunity, growth, and success, " states Alan Cox, CEO of FluentIQ.

To combat this, FluentIQ says companies can deploy their automated English communication testing platform to enable no-bias recruitment practices.

According to FluentIQ, recruiters using the platform are able to effectively filter, screen, and select global candidates without bias.

In the FluentIQ US Employability Survey 2017, 120 U.S recruitment managers were studied in order to create a scorecard that could replace an interviewer's subjectivity with reliable data.

These scores have become a global benchmark for English as a foreign language (EFL) job applicants and their recruiters.

Survey reveals CX disconnect is risky business
Too much conversation and too little action could lead companies to neglect, lose, and repel their very lifeblood, according to Dimension Data.
Should AI technology determine the necessity for cyber attack responses?
Fujitsu has developed an AI that supposedly automatically determines whether action needs to be taken in response to a cyber attack.
Police making progress into Cryptopia breach
New Zealand Police say they are making ‘good progress’ into the investigation of an alleged cryptocurrency theft from Christchurch-based crypto exchange Cryptopia.
NEC concludes wireless transport SDN proof of concept
"Operation and management of 5G networks are very complicated and require automation and closed-loop control with timely data refinement and quick action."
Trend Micro’s telecom security solution certified as VMware-ready
Certification by VMware allows communications service providers who prefer or have already adopted VMware vCloud NFV to add network security services from Trend Micro.
Top cybersecurity threats of 2019 – Carbon Black
Carbon Black chief cybersecurity officer Tom Kellermann combines his thoughts with those of Carbon Black's threat analysts and security strategists.
Avaya introduces private cloud delivery of its UCaaS solution
Avaya is supposedly taking a flexible hybrid approach to the cloud with these new solutions.
Data growth the growing case for managed colocation
The relentless growth of data could see colocation take on a new importance, says Jon Lucas.