How implicit bias affects hiring and team decision-making

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Have you ever made an immediate connection with someone you just met, only to spend another 10 minutes with them and wonder: what you were thinking? What about the opposite? Initial impressions are part of being a human being. Because of how your brain works, you can’t always stop these impressions and feelings from affecting your decision-making.

Stereotypes—also known as mental schemas or mental shortcuts—have been essential tools that have enabled humans to survive. When you smell smoke emanating from a room, your brain senses the danger even before you confirm any threat. Things such as how you were raised, your belief systems, your culture, and other personal experiences have created a unique set of file folders in your brain, which filter and process the information and stimuli around you. However, the brain’s perception and processes aren’t always as accurate as you wish.

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