Managers sometimes have blind spots for biases that prevent them from hiring and retaining the best talent, said Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology and senior adviser to the FAS dean on faculty development, in a recent presentation, “Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People,” at the Barker Center. “Liking people who are different is an acquired taste. Like the first time you eat sushi, it takes getting used to,” Banaji said. The event was the third and final Faculty of Arts and Sciences Diversity Dialogue for the academic year. Structuring job interviews in a way that is not biased is almost impossible, Banaji said. “We think we are fair and consistent, but we are not,” Banaji said. “Liking people who are different is an acquired taste. Like the first time you eat sushi, it takes getting used to,” Mahzarin Banaji said. When the conversation turned to questions...
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