Hiring is easy. And that's why it's so hard.

I'm highlighting some of the recent articles from the Unacast blog, where we talk about hiring and how to improve hiring processes (through transparancy), and the beta launch of our Diversity Dashboard.

June 2, 2017

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As we enter into a new phase of hiring at Unacast, I want to share the rationale behind our hiring processes and how we aim to approach some of the biases we, as most, have had in previous hiring processes.

Since hiring is intuitively easy, many make the mistake of not putting enough effort into it - and in the process ending up replicating themselves over and over.

The goal: To put Unacast in the best possible position to ask (and also answer) the questions we don't know yet to ask, by ensuring we have a diverse team that are capable of asking the most amount of questions.

To put it bluntly, we believe Unacast will be the most successful if our company, to the extent possible, mirrors the world we exist in.

So what did we set out to accomplish?

This is our current process, and the sequence of our awakening (note that not all actions are yet launched. This is a process)

1. Admitting that we have had made mistakes in the past, and using the necessary time to reflect on why

Read my blog post: «From zero to xerox – how we failed at diversity»

"I am torn as these thoughts rush through me like the windows in the boardroom were suddenly removed and the New York winter wind demands us to cool our heads and confess: We failed at diversity."

2. Change culture by defining what culture means for us as a company and as individuals

Read my blog post: «Even rotting corpses have culture»

"A recent example of how culture is itself not the solution is, of course, the troubles of Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick. So, what went wrong?"

3. Show the world where we are weak today, and to remind the company of the commitment, by launching the Unacast Diversity Dashboard

Read the Unacast blog post: «Presenting the Unacast Diversity Dashboard»

"In this blog post, I want to share with you how we think of diversity and why we think it's important. I’ll end the post by sharing a few ideas on how we can increase and improve efforts to hire a diverse team."

4. Work towards an open salary policy so that candidates won't be paid mainly based on what they previously earned, but on Unacast principles (to avoid upholding existing unfair structures on ethnicity, gender etc.)

5. Transparency on hiring processes and what we look for, to lower the barriers and get more people to see that they can thrive at a tech company like Unacast

Read the Unacast blog post: «We are hiring! Presenting our improved hiring process»

"We want to share our hiring process with you as a prospective employee. One of our values is “Trust through transparency” after all. Sharing this openly will make sure everyone that wants to apply to Unacast has access to the same information as everyone else"

6. Open up the Unacast Handbook to let everyone evaluating us to see how we really are on the inside

7. Make sure our hiring processes are robust enough to avoid personal subjective biases (Tightly connected to point 5 above)

Read the Unacast blog post: «We are hiring! Presenting our improved hiring process»

"We want to share our hiring process with you as a prospective employee. One of our values is “Trust through transparency” after all. Sharing this openly will make sure everyone that wants to apply to Unacast has access to the same information as everyone else"

Yes, we are hiring

If you like what you read, and would like to know more about us, please check out our open positions below. More positions are being released shortly, so please send an open applications if you don't see your dream role listed. In fact, there's a good chance you may just create your own dream role at Unacast. We certainly encourage it.