“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” — Carl Jung
A lot has been written and discussed about unconscious bias in decision making. There is a growing awareness of the biases and mental shortcuts that exist in all of us to enable rapid decision making. These shortcuts reduce the overload of information we process daily into manageable chunks.
We couldn’t live our lives without our unconscious biases. While they are useful in many aspects of life — such as fast reactions to danger — they are problematic when making hiring decisions. The tendency to see patterns and rely on previous knowledge and stereotypes can result in unconscious bias — mental shortcuts where we make quick judgements and assessments about certain groups of people outside of our own conscious awareness. …
Waiting feels long. Waiting for 1 minute for a web page to load feels a lot longer than a 1-minute snooze after your alarm clock has gone off.
Speed and performance are essential parts of the user experience of a digital product. If users perceive a site to be slow or to run sluggishly, they have a negative experience. Even a small delay in page load can result in a loss of conversions, higher abandonment rates and a negative perception of the site. Speed matters.
Here at seek.com.au, we were trying to improve the speed of SEEK Talent Search, which is a product that allows hirers to search across our database of over 4.5 million profiles to find and connect with candidates and offer them potential employment opportunities. This search product is continually growing in size and complexity, with features like resume parsing and profile enrichment, and a database growing to the tune of 160,000 new profiles every month. …