Hiring bias can be easy to fall into.  Learn more about the most common hiring biases and how you can guard against them.

3 types of hiring bias causing unfair screening




Affinity/similarity bias

Affinity/similarity bias happens when we favor a candidate because we share a characteristic with them – for example, we went to the same university or worked at similar companies. 

Contrast Effect

The Contrast Effect happens when we compare two or more candidates. When you have seen a very impressive profile, which might be way better than the job requires, you unconsciously will raise the bar for the next profile you’re looking at. The same thing also happens the other way around

Halo & Horns Effect

The Halo Effect and the Horns Effect are the exact opposites of each other, so let’s explain them one by one:

  • Halo Effect: One positive thing about someone makes you wrongfully look more positively at all other aspects also;
  • Horns Effect: One perceived bad quality makes everything about this person seem less positive.

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