We’re all full of prejudice. We might not like it, but it’s a fact. We all prefer certain kind of hair colour and type. We prefer different dressing styles, we prefer certain food, and the list goes on and on…
When we meet someone with similar affinities, we tend to bond instantly. Let’s say we meet, and it turns out you like formula one, rock and roll and software development. We would click instantly.
Same goes for the hiring process. We tend to give advantage to people that have lots of common things with us. It all begins with a CV where we see where the candidate is from, what is their sex, age, etc. and it all continues in the interview room.
This kind of bonding is dangerous when it comes to making hiring decisions. If we choose a candidate based on likability, and prejudice that people which are more like us are going to be better at doing business, we just may overlook candidates that are a better professional match.
Our prejudice will put us in sales mode once we find the person we like based on criteria that has nothing to do with their real capabilities. We will ask our candidate easier questions, so we can prove we were right about our assumptions.
Overlooking a great candidate because of prejudices you have are some of the biggest hiring mistakes that can be made. So, acknowledge the prejudice once it kicks in, but keep an open mind and don’t let it prevail.