When it comes to making the most of those all-important screening calls, it's not just about ticking boxes or checking qualifications. It's about showcasing your company's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) in action. Let's explore how you can highlight your DEI initiatives and create a more inclusive culture, all while having a casual chat.
The Power of DEI in Candidate Calls
Screening calls are the first real chance a candidate will have to communicate with your company, and so it’s not just about assessing their skills; it's also about making them feel valued, welcomed, and excited about the opportunity. One way to achieve this is by showcasing your commitment to DE&I.
Sharing DEI Initiatives
When you’re giving the candidate an overview of your company, this is your chance to introduce your company's DEI initiatives. Share stories of how your organisation is actively working towards a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Maybe you've recently implemented blind recruitment, or you've set targets for increasing underrepresented groups in leadership positions. You don’t have to list EVERYTHING, but showcasing a few is better than showcasing none.
Discuss your company's DEI policies during the call. Explain how your organisation has established anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies. Let candidates know that your company is committed to providing equal opportunities for all employees and maintaining a safe and respectful working environment.
Resource Groups and Networks
Mention your DEI resource groups and networks. These can be powerful tools in showcasing your inclusive culture. For instance, you might have an LGBTQ+ employee resource group that organises events and supports LGBTQ+ employees. Or perhaps there's a women's network that focuses on career development and mentorship. Let candidates know that these groups exist, and they can be part of them.
Making DEI Tangible
Let's say you're recruiting for a tech role, and you're speaking to a candidate named Alex. During the call, you share how your company has a Women in Tech resource group. You explain that this group holds regular workshops, networking events, and mentorship programs for women in technology. Alex, who identifies as female, is not just impressed by the group's existence but also excited about the potential support and growth opportunities.
By making DEI initiatives tangible, you're not just talking the talk; you're walking the walk. You're showing candidates that your company's commitment to diversity and inclusion is more than just words on a website – it's a vibrant part of your company culture.
When you showcase your DEI commitment during recruiter screening calls, you're not only attracting diverse talent but also creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. Remember, it's not just about the job; it's about building a diverse and vibrant team that can bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the table. So, in your next call, don't forget to share the stories, policies, and resource groups that make your company a great place for everyone to work.
Written by Katie Ashenhurst - Digital Design Engineer