Devaluing Diversity: Avoiding Mistakes During the Interview Process

2016 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This session will examine the importance of diversity in your workplace and analyze mistakes commonly made during the interview process which can “undo” all of the steps your organization has taken to enhance and embrace diversity.

Creating and embracing diversity is not only the right thing to do, it is absolutely essential for the success of your organization. The hiring process is a critical place for your organization to achieve these goals. However, hiring without creating a legal liability is crucial. This session will focus on what you can and cannot do during the hiring process to achieve the diversity your organization demands. During this session you will:

•        Examine appropriate steps to be taken before the pre-interview process to enhance the possibility of a

         diverse qualified applicant pool.

•        Discuss the dangers associated with asking improper questions during an interview.

•        Analyze the questions that should be asked and how they should be asked.

•        Address the importance of creating proper documentation during and following the interview process.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Michael S. Cohen, J.D.

Michael S.
Cohen, J.D.

Michael S. Cohen is a partner in Duane Morris’ Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group.  Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. He has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; diversity, equity and inclusion; combatting implicit bias; performance management; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; performance evaluations; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; leave of absence policies; LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace; substance abuse testing; workplace violence; records retention; conducting background checks; and more. Michael has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today,, HR Magazine, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, Inside Counsel Magazine, as well as many other publications.  Michael serves as an Advisory Board Member of GenHERation and as a Board Member of Serve, Inc. 

Southern Hemisphere IV/V
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
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