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Deloitte goes ‘contextual’

Deloitte has changed its selection process.

November 2015

In future, its recruiters will not know the school or university a candidate went to when signing them up on the graduate programme. It hopes this new approach will prevent “unconscious bias” and increase the diversity of its talent pool.
For next year’s recruitment round an algorithm will consider ‘contextual’ information as well as academic results. Deloitte claims this new regime will take into account disadvantages such as attending an under-performing school or coming from a deprived area. The Big 4 firm said that if an applicant got three B grades at A-level they could be seen as ‘exceptional’ if the average for their school was three D grades.
Senior Partner David Sproul said there was a business imperative here as firms need to hire people who think and innovate differently, come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a range of perspectives.

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