Tag: Interview

Stacey A. Gordon First Guest on New DEI Podcast

This week I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Eliza Blanchard, the Learning and Development content manager for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). I was asked to be the inaugural guest for their new diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) podcast, a monthly program designed to feature conversations with various DEI experts to advance the work being done in the DEI field.

During our conversation, I was able to share a bit of my background, including one of the catalytic events that shifted my career path from recruiting to DEI consulting. We also discussed my Unconscious Bias course, but with the caveat that while education and awareness of our unconscious biases is important, it can’t be the end of the conversation. Education and awareness are fruitless if they aren’t followed by action, which is why I also shared a few things that hiring managers can do right now to reduce bias in their process, as well as what talent development managers can do to encourage those recruiters to sharpen and improve the way they craft job descriptions and define the “must-haves” for any position.

Check out the interview. As always, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Stacey A. Gordon Talks With Erica Moore-Burton, Esq.

This week I had the chance to talk with Erica Moore-Burton, Esq., founder of Round Hill Legal Search, a Los Angeles legal services placement firm. For more than 16 years, Erica and her team have connected a vast network of legal firms with highly-qualified candidates to fill a wide range of legal positions.

In this video, Erica discusses the specific challenges that underrepresented minorities, especially women of color, face in the legal services industry. She also provides a fresh and innovative approach to the interview process, one that enables candidates to present their best selves without battling misconceptions before they even sit down.

Many firms are looking more closely at their employment metrics and how to retain diverse individuals, but the work of increasing awareness and changing perspectives is ongoing. I believe that there’s something different about the current environment, that the call for diversity and inclusion is resonating more than before. When people look back on this moment in history, what will they say about your company’s response?

Hiring for Skills? A Novel Concept Indeed.

Microsoft announced they are working to accelerate a “skills-based labor market” and immediately I wondered what companies have been hiring for previously, if not for skills. I’m sure those of you who have applied for a job again and again, only to be rejected or ignored, have wondered the same thing. 

The New York Times reporting of the subject clarifies that in this ‘new’ way of looking at job applicants, “skills can be emphasized over traditional hiring filters like college degrees, work history and personal references.” From a recruiting perspective, I still believe in personal references because hearing first-hand from someone who has witnessed or benefited from your skills is extremely valuable when evaluating a candidate.