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Promising Practices for Equitable Hiring: Guidance for NIST Laboratories



Elizabeth Hoffman, Heather Evans


To ensure NIST is taking a strategic and long-term approach to building a diverse workforce, explicit steps should be taken in hiring practices. The best practices described in this report provide a roadmap for Hiring Managers, whether hiring a part-time student researcher or filling a full-time permanent career position. The focus of this report is on practices that target the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce at NIST, but they can be extended to other career tracks as well. Using these practices, NIST can achieve greater organizational diversity, improve innovation, and find top talent using evidence-based, effective intervention strategies. The report also provides additional information about the value proposition of diversity and inclusion for productive, innovative workplaces. This report reflects the status of NIST programs and plans as of spring 2021.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8371
Report Number


Best practices, Diversity, Hiring, Inclusion, Recruitment, STEM, Workforce


Hoffman, E. and Evans, H. (2021), Promising Practices for Equitable Hiring: Guidance for NIST Laboratories, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created April 28, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022