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Establishing the Search Committee/Interview Team

Creating an effective, diverse search committee ensures the inclusion of different perspectives, fairness in decision-making, and greater success in hiring and retention.

  • Ensure you follow any collective agreement language related to the hiring and selection process with regard to committee composition.
  • Explicitly discuss, in advance, the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of the role successfully.
  • Ensure that the search committee is reflective of differences in interested constituencies, gender, and equity-seeking group status.
  • Involve people from outside the hiring department, who are committed to reducing bias. Reflect on your learning from the Implicit Bias training module, recognizing any potential for bias.
  • Have search committee members complete Implicit Bias training.
  • Review qualifications with an awareness of implicit bias: Minimum years of experience, education, career progression patterns.
  • Include criteria regarding the candidate's potential to contribute to the department's diversity goals (refer to Request for Limited Hire document).
  • Consider reviewing available inclusive hiring resources for search committee prior to beginning the shortlisting process, e.g. "Candidate Selection and Interview Process”.
  • Engage search committee members in critical conversations about implicit bias before reviewing applications.
    • Discuss the potential for subtle and unintended bias as it relates to gender, race, presentation style, accent, dress, weight.
  • Encourage search committee members to take the Harvard Implicit Association Test
  • Ask culture competency-based questions to learn about the candidates experience and understanding of working in diverse environments, e.g. Sample Diversity Interview Questions.

The Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT) are tools to demonstrate and examine conscious and unconscious divergences related to attitudes and beliefs about race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and other social categories.