5 Examples of Affinity Bias [in Job Descriptions]

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When hiring managers meet a candidate they like and know they’ll get along with, it’s often because they share similar backgrounds or interests. 

This is called affinity bias, which can be detrimental to your diversity hiring efforts. 

What is affinity bias in the workplace?

Affinity bias means giving favor to candidates with a similar background (e.g., shared interests, college, religion, or social groups like sororities/fraternities). 

Here are 5 common affinity bias examples in job descriptions: 

1. GPA Bias 

In many cases, for new graduates, their basis of getting hired is hitting a grade point average or GPA.


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