Background: I am a senior team member in a small-sized company that is trying to aggressively grow it's team size. I seem to be the member of the team tasked with reviewing resumes, performing phone screenings and interviews alongside our department's C-level head and HR. I am not someone who ticks any boxes on diversity targets.
When reviewing candidates, I find myself making associations with former colleagues from those parts of the world.
For most places, it averages out eventually. I've got a fair amount of experience, and I've worked with quite a diverse and varied group of people in the past.
For a couple of places, however, my experience has been universally poor. I understand that this is just my bad luck, but I find myself:
- Having a gut feeling about these candidates that they may not be the one to break this streak;
- Realising that this is a stupid thing to think, and so spend far more time considering the candidate at an early stage than I would others and constantly second-guessing my opinion.
In other roles, at other companies, I've been on short "workshops" designed to cover this sort of thing, but these have always been focussed on making the process appear fair rather than any sort of practical advice on how to actually consider a candidate solely on their merit for the job.
What (if anything) can I practically do to a) stop making inappropriate associations, and b) stop second-guessing myself to such a degree in an attempt to correct this?