Interviewing and Implicit Bias

My experience interviewing has been pretty good. Whatever your position in your career, interviews can be stressful and difficult. Getting an interview can be very time-consuming, so when you finally get an opportunity, it’s normal to worry about answering common questions well. If you are interviewing for a job, it is most effective to describe your responsibilities and accomplishments in detail. Perform the job requirements as described in the job description. It will be easier for you to stand out from the rest of the applicant pool if you are able to describe your former work experience effectively. Employers will be able to see that you possess transferable experience by providing specific, quantifiable proof of your accomplishments, work ethic, and knowledge. Maintaining your best candidates’ interests also requires providing positive interview experiences. It is only a desperate job seeker who will want to move on after a bad interview, but talented individuals will move on to other opportunities. There are likely different employment opportunities available to top candidates, so they won’t settle for an unwelcoming company.

I enjoyed learning about implicit bias, also known as implicit social cognition, which refers to the attitude or stereotype that affects our understanding, actions, and decisions without our conscious awareness.  Individuals are activated by both favorable as well as unfavorable biases without being aware or controlling them.  In contrast to previously known biases, these subconscious biases may be deliberately concealed for the sake of social and/or political correctness.  Introspection cannot reveal implicit biases.

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