Why do we use Applied and not just CVs for vacancies at Usborne?

Despite our best intentions, humans are less-than-perfect at making decisions. Studies show that traditional recruitment methods encourage people to hire people who are ‘like them’, and the tools that are traditionally used to aid our decision-making - like CVs, unstructured interviews, and network connections - only exacerbate these embedded biases.

In 2021, we decided to adopt the Applied recruitment software for all vacancies across our business.

By anonymizing applications and building transparency and analytics into every step of the process, Applied helps us to discover talent that might have otherwise been missed by looking at a CV alone, and help us to build a more diverse staff, representative of our wider society.

You can read more about how Applied helps us select the best candidates here.