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5th November 2019

Would a blindfolded interviewer defeat unconscious bias?

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A University lecturer from UEA (University of East Anglia) claims that the best way to defeat unconscious bias during the interview process is for the interviewer to blindfold themselves.Dr Charles Seger, the lecturer in psychology has said: “blindfolded interviews would allow for recruiters to avoid being biased by the appearance of the candidate, better allowing them to focus their minds on the tangible, relevant quality of the candidate.”He explains that “our brains are “wired” to process much of what we see without too much cognitive effort. He says that the deciding factor to take on a candidate could be factors unrelated to the answers given.”

Worksome, a UK platform used to hire professional contractors say that they do not believe the ‘war on talent’ is recruiters’ main problem it is the “uncontrollable and confused mix of unconscious bias and experience-based logic that is causing employer-to-candidate matchmaking to fail miserably.”.According to them 84% of senior business decision-makers choose someone who is adventurous, yet at the same time 66% want someone who is unambitious. Over 78% preferred an extrovert to an introvert, however, 76% desire a follower over a leader, this difference has resulted in a third of employees failing to make it through their probation period and only 8% of businesses feel like their new hires have all the skills they need for a job.