There is a legacy of underrepresentation, especially in the tech industry. Building a diverse team can prove to be challenging. Even if a company sets out to tackle their diversity issue, their attempt often falls short due to unconscious biases that lead to unfair hiring practices.
Unconscious biases are learned stereotypes that are automatic, unintentional, deeply ingrained, universal, and able to influence behaviour. It can introduce unintentional discrimination and result in poor decision-making.
In the context of the hiring process, a candidate’s resume picture, their name, or their hometown could influence your opinion more than you think. In short, unconscious bias influences your decision – whether positively or negatively – using criteria irrelevant to the job.