Diversity continues to become increasingly a key success factor for sales organizations. It will only become a more important consideration as we head into 2021. Diverse sales teams help companies…
Diversity continues to become increasingly a key success factor for sales organizations. It will only become a more important consideration as we head into 2021. Diverse sales teams help companies innovate and get better results. So it only makes sense to focus on diversity when sales recruiting – having a specific focus to ensure your hiring efforts are free from bias.
“It makes sense that having different perspectives and backgrounds on your team will contribute to newer and more diverse ideas to help solve problems and drive innovation. It’s no wonder, then, that companies around the world are focusing on developing their diversity recruiting strategy,” says Brendan McConnell on Recruitee.com.
“But the topic of diversity goes beyond just business results and performance. Diversity is a noble cause for any company to strive for. Building teams from qualified candidates regardless of their gender, background, race, religion, or sexual orientation is long overdue, and a step towards true equality in the workplace,” he adds.
Here are 6 strategies to improve diversity in recruiting sales candidates:
Setting a baseline to assess your efforts is a great starting point. Assess your current hiring practices with an emphasis on diversity. How well are you currently at attracting and hiring diverse candidates?
Identify what you are doing well and areas that require attention. Where do diversity issues typically present themselves? What challenges do you face?
Use the audit to start developing a plan to improve your sales recruiting efforts and better integrate diversity into the process. Here are some things to assess:
Asking these types of questions can help you better understand your shortcomings and areas you need to focus on.
How diverse is your sales team? What steps do you currently take to create a diverse and inclusive environment for talent? As sales recruiters in Toronto, we have learned if you haven’t prioritized it in the past you could struggle to attract a diverse pool of candidates. If you want to attract diverse candidates, you need to make it an entrenched part of your company culture. It needs to be a core value of your employer brand. Create policies that would appeal to diverse candidates.
Make it part of your sales recruiting strategy. Highlight it on your job site and in the ads you post online. Everything you do to attract candidates should be done with diversity in mind.
If you keep looking in the same place and use the same recruiting strategies to attract talent, you’ll likely get the same old results. Expand your talent pool. Review what you expect of candidates, experience and skill requirements, how and where you advertise to attract new groups of candidates. A more diverse talent pool will attract more diverse sales talent.
If one or a select few people are making all the hiring decisions, it creates an atmosphere that can quickly allow for bias to creep in. A diverse recruiting team can help to reduce unconscious bias when you make hiring decisions. Choose people from across your organization, at different levels, and with different experiences and backgrounds. This can help your company make better and more holistic hiring decisions.
Having your employees, especially those who have influence over hiring decisions, take diversity training can help to shift the narrative internally. Your team can learn effective ways to eliminate bias in the recruiting process. This will open the door to a more inclusive hiring strategy.
How you screen candidates can impact the diversity of your sales team. Consider adding new elements to your screening process to eliminate bias. Strategies such as blind hiring, blind resumes, personality assessments, and using automation and AI can help you assess sales candidates fairly. Like other sales recruitment agencies, our Toronto recruiters take these factors into account when searching for top sales talent.
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Claire has 4+ years of experience in sales and recruitment. As a Director of Client Services, her main objective is to connect great people to great companies by building strong relationships with both top clients and candidates in the sales industry. She specializes in sales roles of all seniority levels for both enterprise and start-up clients North American wide. When Claire isn't networking with top talent, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends & family.