Recency Bias

What is recency bias?

Recency bias happens when a reviewer recalls a person's work recently vs. work they completed a long time ago. This is an unconscious prejudice since memory and the way the mind generates associations play a role in the problem. Nonetheless, it is a harmful bias.

What are examples of recency bias?

The best example of recency bias in a workplace is when your direct manager recalls what you last did, i.e., failed to meet the deadline but forgets to remember that you landed three clients six months ago. 

How can you correct recency bias?

Using a set of criteria to rate candidates is the simplest method to eliminate recency bias from your hiring process. Also, to minimize unconscious prejudice, randomize the sequence in which you assess applications.


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