Strategic Diversity Recruiter Training

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Diversity Recruiting Training

Companies have moved beyond thinking of diversity as compliance work or just an HR initiative.  Savvy executives and talent leaders want to embed diversity into everything they do, including recruiting.  We can help.  We build custom diversity training for corporate recruiters and recruiting leaders that focuses on the critical planning, sourcing, interviewing, closing, and hiring manager engagement and coaching work that’s required to significantly improve the ROI from diversity recruiting efforts.

Diversity success needs holistic thinking from everyone in HR and talent acquisition – more than just recruiting, and even within recruiting, more than just sourcing, conferences, diverse career site photos, and unconscious bias training.

We need our recruiters to be strong advocates, embedding D&I into our target candidate profiles and “what good looks like” definitions, so that it’s not viewed as just a nice to have.  And that all starts with understanding and uncovering the WHY that’s driving diversity for your company and this hiring team/hiring manager.  The WHY gives us leverage to influence changes to the WHAT and HOW – what we look for, how we source, how we engage, how we interview, how we decide, and how we sell and close.

Our Strategic Diversity training is usually a combination of our Talent Advisor workshop and our Sourcing Workshop, as recruiters need strong influencing and advising skills to engage hiring managers and build and lead better interviewing and selection processes, PLUS ensure we’re “widening the aperture” as we focus our limited sourcing capacity on the highest ROI sources and tactics.

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Typical agendas include a focus on…

  • Creating a culture around diversity recruiting with your hiring managers/business (uncovering and leveraging the “WHY”)
  • Rethinking culture fit and pedigree biases, widening the aperture, and moving to culture add and purpose fit as you build your target candidate profiles
  • Building your diversity sourcing strategy and plan
  • Engaging hiring managers and employee resource groups to source top diverse talent
  • Leveraging market insights and making tradeoffs when hiring managers are unrealistic
  • Building and leading a better interviewing and selection process, including pre-interview strategy, the rooney rule, and post-interview debrief facilitation
  • Interviewing for inclusion and mitigating bias-filled decisions
  • Diagnosing funnel/conversion issues and bringing a holistic mindset to uncovering opportunities to improve diversity
  • Diagnosing Hiring Manager issues when they’re not playing a leadership role around diversity recruiting
  • Rewarding good Hiring Manager behaviors and driving a diversity talent mindset

We custom-build the training content to align to your goals, your culture, and development opportunities.  We can deliver the training in-person in your offices over ¾ to 1 full day, or virtually, via a tool like Zoom, over multiple days, broken into 2.5-hour modules.

The training workshop includes presentation, scenario-based practice, small group discussions, all credibly delivered by one of our Senior Consultants, who each have 12+ years of experience in corporate recruiting.  We kick off the engagement to build your training with focus groups to learn more about your current state, challenges, existing internal best practices, and biggest development needs.  The focus groups include calls with hiring managers, recruiters, HRBPs, and recruiting leaders.  This gives us insights we can use to tailor the scenarios so that your recruiters work on immediately-actionable challenges, and walk away feeling more skilled, more confident as they elevate their conversation with hiring managers and executives and play a bigger leadership role in driving positive diversity outcomes.

After the training, recruiters head back to their desks with easy-to-use tools and guides to help them better engage, influence, and lead. This is not some academic workshop focused on the high level value of diversity; it’s all about the “how to.” Recruiters leave with templates, guides, and tools to help the put the lessons learned in the training stick.

  • Diversity Hiring Strategy Meeting Template and Worksheet
  • Diversity Sourcing Strategy Template
  • Hiring Manager Diagnostic Tool
  • Talent Advisor Diagnostic Tool
  • Contracting/Expectation Setting Tools: Timeline Discussion Grid Template
  • Hiring Manager Pre- and Post-Kickoff Meeting Email Communication Templates
  • Mitigating the impact of bias from your interview process checklist
  • Sample D&I interviewing questions
  • Debrief facilitation questions
  • D&I best practices and metrics to bring external insights into the conversations
  • Force field analysis to help identify your highest ROI opportunity areas

This custom training is designed for junior- to senior-level corporate recruiters and recruiting managers.

We conduct focus group calls with your recruiters before we design your training. This helps us to customize the content – especially the real-world scenarios your recruiters will work through – to the skill level of the recruiters who will participate.  We get feedback from new recruiters to very experienced recruiters that the training was practical, highly relevant, and credibly delivered.

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“5/5!  The strategic diversity training you built for our team was relevant, applicable, and engaging.”

Head of Recruiting, Hulu

Who hires us?

Hulu. Disney. Google. Autodesk. EA Games. Nubank. WeWork. Leading companies, around the world, choose Recruiting Toolbox as a partner when they’re looking to transform their recruiting teams and elevate their recruiters to Talent Advisors.

Why choose our custom diversity recruiting workshop for your teams?

All of our training is custom-built to align to your recruiting team’s diversity challenges, goals, skill gaps, culture, and process. The actual workshop agenda is developed in partnership with you, the recruiting leader. We leverage real world scenarios to ensure that recruiters leave with practical, actionable diversity recruiting strategies and tactics. We build these scenarios after conducting focus group calls with your team, so that we’re sure they’re on target and reflect the day-to-day reality your teams face.

Our focus is on training recruiters – but just as importantly, it’s on driving alignment with your recruiting teams. We partner with you to ensure that we’re setting realistic expectations for what it means to be a true Talent Advisor in your own environment, your culture, and your resource model. One of the great outcomes of our training is shared language we can all use when talking about diversity strategies and priorities and engaging the business.

Our workshops are credibly delivered by former corporate Recruiting Leaders, not generic trainers. We have experience as corporate recruiters and recruiting leaders, and understand how to engage junior to senior recruiting teams, including skeptics who are reluctant to change or maybe even think they have little to learn. We know nobody wants some academic, preachy trainer telling them “you’re doing it wrong” – that’s not us. We get the challenges of recruiting, and it shows up in post-training feedback.

Your recruiting team will receive practical tools and guides designed to help them better lead the recruiting process, set and manage expectations, widen the aperture to consider different profiles, educate hiring managers on diversity and tradeoffs, push back on unrealistic managers, and deliver a strategy/plan that gets them the hires needed.  They’ll also learn new language they can use in their daily life when engaging as Talent Advisors (not order takers!).

After the training has been delivered, we work closely with your recruiting leadership team to recommend changes to ensure the best practices stick.  How do we get recruiters to use these new guides and tools, how do we drive adoption of these new processes, how do we hold them accountable for these new expectations?  We can help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A typical workshop will have up to 20 corporate recruiters in each workshop, so that we can keep everyone engaged, and keep small-group scenario groups small enough where everyone feels like they’re contributing in your in-person or virtual training.  If you have a team larger than 20 people, we’d deliver multiple sessions.

We really want and need a team of at least 12 recruiters to make this workshop engaging and – frankly – for you to be able to justify the investment you’d make in time and money to work with us to build the custom workshop for you.

Yes, we work with big global companies like Disney, EA Games, SAP, Adidas, and Atlassian – they all needed us to deliver multiple sessions to recruiters sitting in offices in many countries.  Sometimes clients will fly their recruiters into their regional hubs, and our consultants will travel there to deliver the training in-person over 2 days.  Sometimes we’ll build out the training for virtual delivery, leveraging a tool like Zoom with virtual breakout rooms, and deliver sessions as modules of 2.5 hours each over many days and time zones.

Sorry, it’s not.  This training is built for corporate recruiting teams only.  If you like our approach, you can check out some of our free resources for Talent Advisors here.

It depends on the scope, but fees start at about $25,000.

Our workshop facilitators are former corporate recruiting leaders who have built and lived the recruiting approaches we share with your teams. We’ve all started out as hands on recruiters, and have applied the techniques and best practices shared in this workshop to earn the right to be a Talent Advisor to the hiring managers and execs we’ve supported.  Your recruiters will know – right away – that our team has walked the talk. We’ll bring the confidence – and humility (no big egos here!) – that comes from years of working in a real world that’s probably a lot like yours.

Yes, if you’re seeking a more hands-on, laptop-open, diversity sourcing workshop, check out our Sourcing Lab.  If you’re looking for a more tactical interviewing workshop – for your hiring managers, interviewers, and/or recruiters – please check out our custom-built interviewing workshop, which starts with consulting work to help you define “what good looks like,” articulate your point of view on diversity, and define your culture fit/add through more objective behavior-based interview guides.  And, we also offer custom-built closing workshops to help recruiters speak to top talent motivators, and build a selling and closing process that helps you close top, diverse talent.  We also offer a public Diversity Recruiting Leadership Lab for corporate recruiting managers (manager-level only) – learn more here.

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