Once you have a list of candidates you wish to interview, take the conversations beyond experience and qualifications.
Lifestyle and workplace climate discussions are particularly important to women and the younger generation of workers.
When you meet a candidate, make a point of mentioning workplace culture that gives women a sense of anticipated belonging. They are thinking, “Will there be anyone else like me?”
A common awkward question women regularly face that you should avoid is “What is this gap in your employment experience?”