Unconscious or implicit bias means we rely on our subconscious to filter information by taking mental shortcuts, informed by prevailing attitudes and stereotypes.
And while unconscious bias is a component of human functioning, it often leads us to poor decisions. A common example is to think of a genius. Whose image comes to mind? If you immediately thought Albert Einstein, youâ€™re not alone. People think of Albert Einstein when thinking of a genius because Einstein is well documented in history and children learn about his work in school. The challenge arises when people start associating â€śgeniusâ€ť with traits associated with Einstein, such as a white male. Unconscious bias impacts recruitment and often leads to the leaky diversity funnel. To provide some guidance and support better recruitment decisions, weâ€™ve created this simple checklist for reviewing resumes, conducting interviews and making recruitment decisions.