Would you choose a candidate solely based on the fact that they attended the same college as you? How about choosing a candidate based on how attractive they are? If this line of reasoning sounds absurd to you, then you’re right! However, you may unintentionally use that type of information to make a selection.
Almost all business owners become an interviewer at some point in their careers. While the main goal of an interview is to evaluate the candidate, it’s also important to understand common interviewer biases. These are preconceived ideas and beliefs that we assign to candidates unknowingly and may ultimately sway our hiring decision.
In a former life I was a general manager. A large part of my position was screening and interviewing potential new hires. This important yet time-consuming process included:
- Phone screening
- Background checks
- Scheduling initial interviews
- Clearing my schedule to make time for interviews
- Conducting interviews
...you get my point.