Studies Discover Women Have a More Difficult Time in Interviews Than Men

According to researchers, women are more likely to face more follow up questions in job interviews as well as being interrupted more frequently than their male counterparts


A study published last week in the journal of Social Sciences revealed that overall, women face a “tougher time” in job interviews than men.

The study analyzed job interviews at two top universities in the US over the course of two years, discovering that there women tend to be questioned more, interrupted more, and asked to “prove it again” regarding qualifications and experience far more than men.

“Even shortlisted women with impressive CVs may still be assumed to be less competent,” the researchers stated, hypothesizing that these results may have uncovered the reason why academic institutions tend to be more male-dominated.

When men were interrupted during interviews, the interruptions tended to be more positive or to affirm what was said. Women also tended to receive more than three follow up questions then men.

Repeated questioning “ . . .may indicate a challenge to the presenter’s competence – not only in their prepared talk but also in their response to questions”, the report stated.

Evidence collected over two years and 119 recorded job interview reveals clear imbalance

Many female interviewees, who received more questions as well as interruptions, responded by saying they would have to “rush through” or “be quick” about explaining themselves – revealing a clear relationship between the number of questions and the tendency to rush more.

The frequency of interruptions also left less time for female applicants to deliver a “compelling conclusion” to their responses.

Although the study did not include data as to whether excessive questioning increased or decreased a candidate’s chances of a successful interview, the video recordings did reveal that women “. . . are rushing to get through their carefully prepared slide decks and reach the punchline of their talk”

The difference between salaries for men and women stood at 18% as of 2016.

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