Innovation and Futurology for Recruiting

The world’s most popular interview-based podcast for senior talent acquisition and HR professionals. Guests are thought leaders and practitioners, many of whom have global reputations for innovation.

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Pandora

Ep 429: Open Hiring

Some of my favourite conversations in the last six months have been around inclusive hiring. Many people are doing brilliant work to support people from marginalised groups into the workforce, and I've learnt a lot from talking to employers like Timpson and organisations like The Bridge of Hope.


In this episode, we're going to explore what happens when an employer removes all screening, all background checks and all education and experience requirements from their hiring to be more inclusive. What are the advantages, the challenges, and the results?


My guest this week is Nykeba King, Global Head of Inclusion at The Body Shop. A few years ago, The Body Shop created an Open Hiring program to ensure they were being as inclusive as possible. It's a strategy that has produced some amazing results, and it is now giving them a unique competitive advantage in today's challenging talent markets.


In the interview, we discuss:


  • Recruiting challenges at The Body Shop


  • What is Open Hiring, and how does it work?


  • No background checks, no screening, no education requirements


  • How Open Hiring is helping The Body Shop in the current talent markets


  • Making recruiting more purposeful with "Targeted Recruitment."


  • Replacing scrutiny with trust


  • Removing barriers and removing bias


  • Implementation challenges


  • The danger of second-guessing someone's ability to do a job


  • Wrap-around support to build an inclusive workplace


  • Time to hire, performance and retention


  • What's next for Open Hiring



Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts.


Recent Episodes

View All

Ep 436: Diversifying Talent Pools

Evergreen Podcasts
Shaun Daly, Head of Resourcing at The Open University, talks to Matt Alder...
Listen to Ep 436: Diversifying Talent Pools

Ep 435: Personalization (Part Two)

Evergreen Podcasts
Adam Godson, Derek Braun and Steffanie Chaviano talk to Matt Alder...
Listen to Ep 435: Personalization (Part Two)

Ep 434: Personalization (Part One)

Evergreen Podcasts
Adam Chen, Rachel O'Connell, Victor Gains and Madeline Laurano talk to Matt Alder...
Listen to Ep 434: Personalization (Part One)

Ep 433: Global Employer Branding

Evergreen Podcasts
Marije van der Togt, Head of Employer Branding at Just Eat Takeaway.com, talks to Matt Alder...
Listen to Ep 433: Global Employer Branding