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, you’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 “genius” 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, we’ve created this simple checklist for reviewing resumes, conducting interviews and making recruitment decisions.