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Assess candidates for their skills and experiences for the job, not as your friend (100 Bytes Of Wisdom: Day 46)

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Deep down, whether we like to admit it or not, we all have some biases of people we like to work with. Maybe you share a first language, maybe they’re around your age, or similar to you in some other way. Well, forget it. It doesn’t matter. Assess their skills and experiences for the job, not as your friend. Sure, they need to be able to work in a team but guess what - anyone from anywhere can work well in a team. Check your biases at the door. If you’re still unsure, I’ll repeat myself: Assess their skills and experiences for the job, not as your friend.

Heads up: As with any terse bit of advice, there will be exceptions of course, and subtleties and nuance that can't possibly be captured in a Byte of Wisdom. This has been what I've experienced, I'd love to hear yours in the comments too!

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