What is unconscious bias?
It describes the associations we hold outside our conscious awareness and control. It affects everyone and is triggered by our brain automatically making quick judgements and assessments.
Think about recruitment you may have carried out recently – did you recruit someone with a similar background to you? (Affinity bias)
Did you reject a candidate because they had different politics to you? (the Horns effect)
Have you found yourself swayed by a panel away from your own views (Conformity bias)
Unconscious biases can lead to unintentional discrimination, but if we are aware of them we can try to limit their impact.
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