Having an ‘Unconscious bias’ doesn’t mean you?re a racist or don’t like disabled people! It’s a term used to describe bias that we are unaware of, and which is outside our conscious control. It occurs because the brain makes quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences. And because of this, it can heavily influence who you select for a job.
Interviewers form opinions about candidates within the first few minutes of meeting them, leading to bias in decision-making – whether that?s recruiting someone who comes from the same academic background, class or cultural environment; judging on first impressions whether they will ?fit in? with the existing team rather than whether they have the right skills for the role; being too open to stereotyped views of particular groups or individuals based on their age or background; or simply being biased towards people because they’re from the TV sector rather than the creative industries or elsewhere. Unconscious bias leads to a lack of fresh faces and diverse teams.