Collecting candidate demographic data allows you to make more confident, informed hiring decisions that lead to a more inclusive hiring process. Greenhouse offers multiple ways to collect candidate demographic data.
Choose a data collection method
U.S. standard demographic questions
Standard demographic questions include pre-made, best-practice survey questions for customers based on Greenhouse's own practices to collect demographic information for U.S.-based applicants. You can also add the question set to your candidate survey.
Standard demographic questions allow organizations that have jobs in the U.S. to collect consistent candidate data.
Custom demographic questions
Custom demographic questions allow you to address your organization's specific needs with personalized demographic questions and answers. You can also add the question set to your candidate survey.
Custom demographic questions are only available for Expert tier customers. Those with an Expert tier subscription can also utilize detailed demographic reports that provide a view of job activity by demographic group.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) questions
The EEOC questionnaire is a set of federally-approved questions about race, gender, veteran status, and disability status.
The EEOC survey and reporting functionality are intended to be used by Greenhouse customers who are government contractors or federal entities. We recommend you only utilize these features only if your organization fits that criteria.
If you do not fit these criteria and are using the EEOC report to gather demographic data without the appropriate level of DE&I reporting, it could represent a risk to your organization. Speak with your legal counsel to better understand the benefits and risks of accessing and reviewing this type of information.
Combine data collection methods
Standard demographic questions + custom demographic questions
While you can only have one or the other on a job post, you can use them with different job posts.
EEOC + custom demographic questions
If you want to collect information beyond what you can collect with EEOC, you can use custom demographic questions to do so. Job applications with both questions enabled will show your custom demographic question set followed by the EEOC questionnaire.
EEOC + standard demographic questions
While it is possible to combine these two, we don't generally recommend it because there may be overlap in the questions which can cause unnecessary extra data.