Unconscious Bias Training for Hiring Managers

Unconscious Bias Training for Hiring Managers

by Felicity Menzies
Unconscious bias training assists hiring managers in understanding their implicit assumptions and prejudgments. It seeks to reduce bias in recruitment and selection by transferring skills for objective hiring practices and developing hiring managers’ ability to monitor and manage their own and other’s bias.
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Workshop Outline

  • Examples of bias in recruitment, selection and assessment
  • Hiring for fit vs. hiring objectively
  • The costs of poor recruitment and selection at the organisational and individual level
  • Organisational drivers for workforce diversity
  • The nature & origin of bias including explicit vs. implicit bias
  • Bias pressure points
  • Micro-biases
  • Awareness of one’s own bias
  • Overview of objective hiring practices (e.g. inclusive job advertisements, blind recruitment, targets, accessing diverse talent pools, structured interviewing, panel diversity, objective job descriptions, alternative assessment techniques)
  • Applying the SPACE2 Model for Mindful Inclusion—six evidence-based techniques for managing one’s biases
  • Deep-dive into structured interviewing and objective questioning
  • Effective techniques for responding to bias in others
  • Action and accountability plan

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the nature, origin, and consequences of cognitive blindspots and bias
  • Knowledge of the different types of bias that impact recruitment and assessment
  • Awareness of one’s own biases
  • An understanding of when one is most susceptible to bias
  • Knowledge of objective hiring practices
  • Proven techniques to manage bias in oneself and others
  • Structured interviewing skills
  • Appreciation of the value of the contributions of diverse employees
  • Willingness to tap non-traditional talent pools
  • Commitment to adopting objective hiring practices
Workshop participants leave with a personalised action plan for objective hiring.

Consistent with research on adult learning, we believe that the best learning outcomes result when participants engage holistically with program content. All Include-Empower learning and development programs incorporate experiential learning techniques, including opportunities to reflect on and apply learnings to the real-life challenges facing participants.

Leaders and people managers seeking to improve the diversity and inclusion capability of themselves and their organisations.

Recommended workshop size is 8-12 participants.


Developing an inclusive mindset requires commitment. The recommended length of the workshop is half-day.

To maximise learning outcomes, participants are encouraged to complete the Implicit Association Test (IAT) and Cultural Values Profile as important inputs into developing their inclusive leadership capability.

We have a transparent fee structure. Please contact us for details.