Including Introversion within Your Diversity Recruiting Strategy

In a recent CareerXroads (CXR) monthly lecture series, guest speaker Glen Cathey, VP of talent and digital strategy at Randstad, discussed the importance of including neurodiversity within recruiting strategies. This session was so powerful and such a hit with CXR members, we’ve decided to make it available to everyone and encourage them to share with their colleagues, teams, and even friends and family.

By embracing neurodiversity and understanding introversion, companies can create an inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters innovation and productivity. In this interactive session, Glen debunked common misconceptions about introverts, highlighting their valuable skills and qualities that can benefit any organization while polling and discussing the topic directly with CXR members in attendance.

Glen highlighted the 16 different personality types on the introversion-extroversion spectrum, emphasizing the need for recruiters to be aware of unconscious biases and adapt their strategies to accommodate introverted candidates. This included, but was not limited to:

  • Modifying interview techniques
  • Creating a comfortable atmosphere for open discussions
  • Allowing candidates to prepare for the interview process in advance

This 1hr lecture also explored ways to support introverts in the workplace, such as offering remote work options, creating business resource groups, and fostering a culture that values psychological safety. Furthermore, Glen encouraged individuals to challenge their own biases and appreciate the unique strengths and perspectives that introverts bring to any team.

By incorporating neurodiversity into recruiting strategies, companies can unlock the full potential of their workforce and create an inclusive environment that supports the success of every employee. 

If you’d like to invite Glen to speak at your organization or learn more about competitive recruiting practices, Diversity Inclusion & Belonging strategies, or the benefits of joining the CareerXroads community, contact us today.