We tend to recruit people who are most like us or hire the same types of people - in other words, falling into a comfortable pattern.

Inclusive hiring decisions should be based on the job-related skills and qualities that every candidate possesses, some of which will fall outside of the “norm”.

Check and challenge yourself and other panellists throughout the process, ask for more evidence or information and avoid making snap decisions.

Reflect on the experiences after hiring and speak to the appointed staff member about their experience.

Keep records of decisions made and consider regular reviews for auditing of best practice and reflection of improvements needed.