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Unconscious Bias in Accountancy: Khyati Sundaram

Rob Brown interviews behavioural science and talent expert Khyati Sundaram on fair de-biased hiring and recruitment in accounting firms and CPA practices.

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In today’s episode 24, “Unconscious Bias in Accountancy: Khyati Sundaram.”

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Khyati Sundaram is the CEO of Applied: a behavioural science-backed tool for fair and de-biased hiring. Applied helps companies remove bias from hiring processes by removing gendered words from job adverts, anonymising applications, holding structured interviews and hiring based on skills (rather than proxies on CVs).

In this episode, we ask and answer the following questions:

  1. Why doesn’t unconscious bias training make for inclusive cultures?
  2. What exactly is unconscious bias in hiring?
  3. How does unconscious bias come into recruitment, and what is the impact?
  4. What is unconscious bias training and how does it work?
  5. Why are so many accounting firms introducing it?
  6. What are the benefits and drawbacks of de-biased hiring?
  7. What’s a more effective way of tackling unconscious bias in recruitment, and in company cultures more widely?
  8. What next steps can firms easily take to make hiring processes fairer?

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Check out these great extra resources on this topic from Khyati and BeApplied

In her former life, Khyati’s pursuits range from co-founding and leading an AI company looking at sustainable supply chains, to investment banking with JP Morgan and RBS. She has a breadth of experience in data science, product development, and fundraising. She also holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the London School of Business / Wharton School.

In her spare time, Khyati likes playing badminton and is an avid weightlifter.

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