When I'm concerned about an expert's neutrality, what should I do?
- ask for another expert?
- explain my concerns to the company and leave the decision to them?
- don't mention it and hope for the best?
If I do want to mention that, how to express that professionally and leave no impression that I may have some prejudice towards the expert? (or that I may refuse to work with similar people or will have a bad working relationship with them)?
I live in Ukraine and I'm searching for the job opportunities in other European countries. I contacted a recruitment agency in some EU country, all went well, and they requested a sample of my work to assess my technical skills.
I've provided the sample, but then it was revealed to me, that the assessment would be done by an expert who's currently living in Russia.
I have no problems with that.
However, in light of ongoing conflict between our countries and my previous experience from some of the encounters with Russians, I'm afraid that he may have negative feelings towards me because of my nationality/origin and that can reflect badly on the assessment.
He may get my name from repository, commit history, etc. etc., and he can easily establish my current country by just googling my name, hence the questions.
(This is a throw-away account for this question to remain anonymous. I would happily provide the login/password to moderators.)
Update: changed "Hiring company" to "Recruitment company" to make clear that this is not about direct hire and company's own in-house expert.
Update 2: I've got the evaluation result - it's really good and does not look like it's biased in any way. (This update is not relevant to the question, but provides closure for situation described in details - these particular concerns prove to be incorrect after all.)