Credentials and experience are all that really matters to hiring managers, right? Related: How To Reach Recruiters On LinkedIn Mm, not so much. As much as we wish that hiring decisions weren’t based at all on extraneous information like our appearance, the truth is that separating these things completely is impossible for anyone to do. Certainly, most of us imagine ourselves as being more evolved than that, but science has long proven that the judgments we make of each other are largely intuitive.
To Judge Is HumanThe processes of the brain are unimaginably complex. We take for granted how intricate our world is, and how much we’re forced to make sense of at any moment. It’s for that reason that most of our thought processes are unconscious and automatic, while just a tiny part of conscious logic is what we point to as the basis of our decisions. Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Blink, refers to it this way:
"[Research] suggests that what we think of as free will is largely an illusion: much of the time, we are simply operating on automatic pilot, and the way we think and act – and how well we think and act on the spur of the moment – are a lot more susceptible to outside influences than we realize.”