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JOBS: Halo Effect In an Interview

Our minds form judgments and assumptions quickly, and we are more receptive to things we like. As a result, overcoming that requires a great deal of experience.

As a result, it is critical that you pay attention during the hiring process to see if you are gradually falling into that trap.

As a hiring manager, you will want to find the best fit and competence for the organization. Not someone you like because of a single feature that piques your interest.

Halo effect

Hallo effect describes our tendency to believe someone is good in many areas if they have impressed us in one. The halo effect occurs when one assumes that a good-looking person in a photograph is also a good person in general.

This blunder reflects one's personal preferences, prejudices, ideology, and social perception.

An example is when well-dressed employees are perceived to be more organized and hardworking than employees who barely dress well. This is a mistake that most of us make. Sometimes, people are judged by their dress code especially when it comes to the workplace. 

The assumption might not be 100% true. Each individual has their own way of carrying out themselves and this should help us to change our perception of others.

Halo Effect in Interviews.

Hiring managers prefer candidates who are similar to them and who they believe will cooperate with them.

Whether right or wrong, most people are genetically programmed to value similarity and fear difference or unfamiliarity, so they may have an unconscious bias toward candidates who remind them of others with whom they have had positive experiences.

When a hiring manager develops a positive attitude toward a specific candidate, their decision-making process can delve deeper into reasons to continue liking them.

The halo effect can lead to making the wrong decision and missing out on the best candidate, or it can lead to a real problem.

The best defense is becoming aware of one's own unconscious biases. Hiring managers who understand and avoid the halo effect are less likely to hire the wrong person.

When going for an interview, you should keep in mind that employers might perceive you in various ways. This should not hinder you from carrying out yourself in the best version.

Here's a job application to apply and practice. GOOD LUCK!

JOB: News Editor at Code for Africa

About Code for Africa

Code for Africa (CfA) uses technology and #OpenData to empower citizens. We give citizens actionable information for better-informed decision-making and digital tools to amplify their voices so that they can hold the authorities (both governmental and corporate) to account.


As News Editor, you will be responsible for a team of multilingual researchers/fact-checkers across 13 African countries who debunk misinformation on social and traditional media platforms for an international audience. The team works in a fast-paced virtual newsroom, applying global editorial verification/fact-checking standards to hard-hitting issues ranging from complex conflict situations in countries as diverse as Ethiopia and Mali to conspiracist anti-vax or health claims, and extremist hate speech or election-related political claims.

Candidates must have demonstrable experience managing a mainstream newsdesk, with proven success working on editorial initiatives that consistently produce high-quality and impactful content on tight deadlines. The News Editor’s primary international language will be English, with additional proficiency in Amharic, Arabic, French, and/or Kiswahili being an advantage.

PesaCheck is the continent’s largest indigenous fact-checking initiative, by geographic coverage, with teams in 13 African countries. It researches and debunks misinformation published both online and elsewhere in more traditional media, publishing over 2,000 fact-checks per year, in partnership with major platforms ranging from Facebook and TikTok to traditional media. PesaCheck also tracks promises by public officials and shines a light on public finances to ensure the public is not misled. PesaCheck forms part of Code for Africa (CfA), which is Africa’s largest non-profit digital/data journalism initiative. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for PesaCheck’s main newsdesk, supported by a Deputy News Editor and two Newsdesk Assistants, who collectively manage a team of ~25 multilingual journalists. The News Editor reports to PesaCheck’s Managing Editor.


  • Demonstrable newsdesk editorial management skills honed during at least five years managing teams of journalists in a mainstream media or equivalent digital publishing environment.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the step-by-step production process for creating well-researched and substantiated news reports, including familiarity with editorial diaries/schedules, editorial workflow, and content assignment/deadline management.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, with the ability to work with congeniality in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment. This includes being an organizational whiz who is able to prioritize multiple simultaneous tasks, while at the same time having the people skills needed to engage diplomatically and collaborate effectively with colleagues under tight deadlines.
  • Robust critical thinking, and strong research and investigative skills, with good general knowledge and interest in current affairs.
  • Proven track record for creative problem-solving in fast-paced impact-driven environments, where solutions involve balancing human and production considerations.
  • Demonstrable ability to self-manage, creating your own as well as wider team timelines and milestones with clear systems/processes.
  • Proficiency in collaborative work solutions such as Google Workplace (Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.), Slack (or equivalents such as Teams), and project management tools like Trello (or equivalents).


  • Previous experience in a fact-checking or editorial verification newsroom.
  • In-depth knowledge about ‘information disorder’ and the differences between misinformation and disinformation and mal-information, as well as conspiracist content and hate speech.
  • Working knowledge of French, and/or Arabic, in addition to the African languages within PesaCheck’s 13-country focus area.

Language and Location Requirements:

  • Location: East Africa, or anywhere else in Africa.
  • Languages: English required (French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Amharic helpful)

About the Role:

The successful candidate will join Africa’s largest fact-checking initiative: PesaCheck.

PesaCheck currently works across 13 African countries, publishing in two international languages (English and French) and a range of major regional indigenous languages (including Amharic, Afaan-Oromo, Tigrinya, and Kiswahili).

Its debunks are syndicated by a range of traditional media across the continent, and are also used by major social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc, to combat misinformation. Facebook alone labels over six million posts a year as harmful/misleading based on PesaCheck debunks.

PesaCheck’s newsroom is structured with a central multilingual newsdesk, managed by the News Editor, that finds and researches misinformation to produce public debunk reports. The newsdesk is supported by a copy desk, managed by the Chief Copyeditor, which reviews and revises all content from the newsdesk to ensure that it meets our factual, language, and ethical standards.

A special projects team works alongside the newsdesk, under the supervision of a Special Projects Editor, to drive election monitoring, newsroom partnerships, and a large training initiative. PesaCheck is overseen by a Managing Editor, who answers to CfA’s Editor-in-Chief and also manages the organization’s other investigative and data journalism newsrooms.

The PesaCheck newsroom is staffed by editorial staff including journalists/researchers, data analysts, translators, editors, and multimedia producers. 

The News Editor will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the newsdesk, managing the frontline journalists/researchers across multiple time-zones, with key duties including setting editorial targets and production schedules (strictly enforcing publication deadlines where necessary), helping journalists identify appropriate leads/issues for research, and ensuring that journalists get the data analysis or multimedia support needed to produce impactful content.

A major mechanism for achieving this will be the News Editor’s management of an editorial diary, or editorial calendar, that allows for seamless synchronization of editorial production with the copy desk and other support teams.


  • You will manage and nurture PesaCheck’s in-country journalists, overseeing their day-to-day research, helping develop their skills and knowledge, and keeping them on schedule to meet agreed deadlines and other deliverables.
  • You will select and prioritize editorial leads for your journalists from PesaCheck’s various editorial tip-lines or algorithmic ‘listening’ or media monitoring tools to help ensure we focus our attention on the most harmful misinformation/conspiracies
  • You will facilitate daily editorial planning meetings at which editorial leads/assignments are brainstormed and allocated to in-country journalists/researchers, with clear editorial briefs and submission deadlines. 
  • You will, with the support of your Newsdesk Assistants, ensure that journalists meet agreed editorial targets and production schedules while adhering to PesaCheck’s ethical and editorial policies and standards.
  • You will ensure the accuracy, clarity, fairness, and appropriateness of all draft content, and will ensure that journalists respond promptly to any queries or requests by the copy desk or other support teams.
  • You will, in consultation with other editors, make suggestions on explanatory infographics or other multimedia/visual elements for the graphic or data teams to produce to accompany fact-checks.
  • You will, with the support of Newsdesk Assistants and CfA’s technology team, manage PesaCheck’s various databases and digital tools for tracking, matching, and analyzing misinformation.
  • You will, in consultation with other editors, proactively identify editorial challenges, ranging from skills gaps to conflict or censorship, that impact on PesaCheck’s research and you will also proactively identify other production bottlenecks that erode PesaCheck’s ability to quickly debunk emerging misinformation narratives. 
  • You will, with input from the Managing Editor, drive the refinement of PesaCheck’s editorial style guide and newsdesk ‘playbook’ (operational manual), and editorial policies to help journalists better understand their role and content production guidelines. 

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to Code for Africa (CfA) on to apply.

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