SEEK, leading Australian job platform, has greatly increased the number of women in its tech grads program: a whopping zero to 83% in five years, and all by removing coding from its selection criteria.
The company is preparing to take on its next batch of recruits for its 2020 program, but to improve the diversity of graduates SEEK Group HR director Kathleen McCudden said the company had to change up its testing.
"We were competing with every other tech company to get female talent and it made it really hard to get that balance," she said.
"We found some of our pre-selection tools were biasing towards men. We had a technical coding accuracy tool, but we had a lot more men scoring really highly on that. It was causing a lot of graduates to drop out who had looked terrific on paper and had good academic results."
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