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Use this checklist to ensure you avoid selection criteria that discriminates in terms of experience

by , 04 September 2014
Indirect discrimination is when you apply factors or criteria which have the effect of unfairly excluding certain groups of applicants.

When it comes to your selection criteria, there are five causes of indirect discrimination you should avoid. One of them is overstating the value of experience. This is illegal and could land you in court.

To avoid any legal comebacks, our labour experts recommend you use this checklist to ensure you avoid selection criteria that discriminates in terms of experience.


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This checklist will help you stay away from a selection criteria that discriminate in terms of experience


You must ask yourself these questions to ensure your selection criteria don't discriminates in terms of experience:

#1: Will I be able to show applicants without the experience in the job or similar jobs why they're unlikely to be successful?

#2: If challenged by an applicant who has the educational qualifications but limited experience, will I reasonably be able to show it's an issue of practical experience over academic knowledge?

#3: Did I always require this level of experience when recruiting for this job?

#4: Will I be prepared and able to show that the length of experience required is exactly what I need? And even say one year less is unacceptable for sound reasons?

#5: If this is the first time you're recruiting for a position, you must ask yourself if you're basing the experience factor purely on your own assessment or on advice from others who have relevant knowledge of the requirements and if these criteria objective.

There you have it. Don't become one of those employers who have selection criteria that discriminate in terms of experience. Use this checklist to ensure your criteria are above board.
 
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