Confirmation Bias In Interviews - Deepstash





Job Interviews Don’t Work

Confirmation Bias In Interviews

Some biases from the interviewer are implicit, and the candidates are not allowed to display their expertise and eventually are bracketed as ‘rejects’.

This is due to the fact that the judgement has been made and also confirmed by the interviewer and now there is no reason to question the bias.




Conduct the Effective Job Interview
  • Prepare your questions based on the attributes of an ideal candidate,
  • Reduce stress level. Tell the candidates in advance the questions you plan to ask.
  • Involve enoug...
The wrong questions
The wrong questions

Some questions are too easy to fake, for example, "What's your greatest weakness?" Other questions like brainteasers reveal more about the manager than the candidate.


The wrong criteria

Some managers favor candidates who went to the same school. There's also evidence that African-American sounding names, birthmarks, being pregnant, and being overweight puts candidates at a disadvantage.

To overcome this bias, identify the key skills and values in advance, then create a standard set of behavioral and situational questions to ask every candidate. Doing this can triple the manager's accuracy in predicting job performance.

Favoring the best talkers

College seniors often stretch the truth in interviews to make a better impression. Be aware that when you meet someone for the first time, you meet their representative.

An antidote could include to let them showcase their skills by collecting a work sample. It might be a project they've done in the past or a live simulation of the job in real-time.

Subjective Hiring Decisions

Job interviews are still mostly subjective and rarely focus on merit, work quality, or important job skills. There are always biases, preferences and on-the-spot decisions that are not entirely pro...

Traditional Job Interviews

.. often have borderline illegal questions, which may be discriminatory and make the employee feel entrapped. Questions like ‘What are your weaknesses’ are blatantly trying to expose the candidate, and making the person act submissive towards the prospective employer.

The Camera Background

It is not a good idea to let the interviewer judge you based on the contents of your background. ‘The Drake Method’ works best here, positioning your laptop to make use of a blank wall as your background.

It is also advisable to not showcase your children to the prospective employer.