Negation Bias

Negation bias

Pre-screening, screening, post-screening Negation bias is a linguistic bias often observed in communication. People tend to use negations (denials) when describing a person’s diverging behaviour from a particular stereotype. Although it might seem harmless, negation helps in maintaining stereotypes. In this bias blog, you will learn more about this bias, its occurrence in recruitment, and […]

Accent Bias

Accent Bias example: They have a strong accent; they might not be a good fit for the team

Screening, post-screening Accent Bias: Definition and Overcoming it A study from The University of Queensland found that job candidates from minority groups with accents considered ‘non-standard’ face discrimination in job interviews and were considered ‘less hireable’ (2022).³ Women with standard accents were preferred in hiring over women with non-standard accents, whereas men were judged equally […]

 Primacy Bias

A quote which is an example of primacy bias.

Screening, post-screening What is primacy bias? Primacy bias refers to the tendency to better remember the initial information compared to information presented later on. It serves as a cognitive shortcut for efficient information processing but is not always correct. In simpler words, we can remember the first few items from a list better than the […]

Recency Bias

A quote which is an example of recency bias.

Screening, post-screening What is recency bias? Recency bias is a cognitive bias that causes a person to remember the most recent events, activities or people, among others, more clearly than the preceding ones. This bias can influence judgement and decision-making, because we overemphasise the importance of recent experiences or information. Closely related and the opposite […]

Stereotyping Bias

What is stereotyping bias? Stereotyping Bias makes you create an over-generalized belief about a particular group of people.

Screening, post-screening What is the stereotyping bias? Stereotyping is a bias that is deeply rooted in our brains, and we stereotype all the time because our brains are simply wired that way.  To learn more about stereotyping in hiring, we spoke with Organizational Psychologist Mari Järvinen. When asked to define stereotyping, she explained that it […]

Social Desirability Bias

a quote on Social Desirability Bias which refers to our tendency to respond in ways that we feel are more appropriate or socially acceptable to others, even if the responses are therefore untruthful.

Have you ever felt like you have to adjust your answer to a question in a certain way based on whom you’re talking to? Or have you ever felt like you need to act differently based on what people you’re around? This is what is referred to as social desirability bias. What is social desirability […]

Self-Report Bias

Self-Report Bias refers to the incapability of human beings to accurately evaluate themselves.

Screening, post-screening What is self-report bias? This bias refers to the incapability of human beings to accurately evaluate themselves. Example of self-report bias in the hiring process. When a candidate is asked to rate themselves on a certain personality trait, for example in a personality questionnaire, it is scientifically proven that they will either overestimate […]

What is Projection Bias – Definition & Examples in Recruitment

Projection Bias is the tendency to think that most other people think and reason like you do, because of something they say or do.

Screening, post-screening What is projection bias? The projection bias refers to a cognitive bias where individuals tend to overestimate the extent to which others share their opinions. This bias arises because people assume that others think, feel, believe, and behave similarly to themselves.  As a result, they assume that their perspectives and actions are typical, […]

Overconfidence Effect

The overconfidence Effect is the tendency to be more confident in your own abilities, such as driving, teaching, or recruiting, than is objectively reasonable.

Strategic What is the overconfidence effect? This is the tendency to be more confident in your own abilities, such as driving, teaching, or recruiting, than is objectively reasonable. The Dunning-Kruger Effect is a similar bias which occurs when your lack of knowledge and skills in a certain area causes you to overestimate your own competence. […]