Think That Interviewer Was Tougher On You Than Necessary? New Study Proves You’re Probably Right
Not only do women get paid less than men–even in the White House–just to land a job we have to jump through more interview hoops than men. According to a new study, women get harder job interviews than their male counterparts.
The University of California and University of Southern California study found that “women are not only given harder interview questions, but they’re also interrupted more frequently than men,” reported Elite Daily. In fact, women were, on average, asked five questions in which they were interrupted; men were asked four.
“Female academics also received two more follow-up questions, and 17 in total–at least three more than a typical male interviewee–meaning they spent a ‘higher proportion’ of their time fielding queries,” reported The Telegraph. This could mean that interviewers were more likely to question a female interviewees competence. Fielding more questions and interrupts obviously makes it harder for prospective female hires to effectively present their case for a job.
“[These] subtle conversational patterns…form an almost invisible bias, which allows a climate of challenging women’s competence to persist,” the study said. This causes many women to rush through their answers, trying to get all the info out before being interrupted. They will also self-edit their answers.
“As a result, many female interviewees responded by saying ‘for the sake of time, I’m going to skip this part’, ‘there’s not much time left; I will rush through this’ and ‘I’m going really quick here because I want to get to the second part of the talk,’” reported the Telegraph. What that could mean is women are skipping over parts that could’ve landed them the job.
In light of these findings, it would be interesting to see data on how Black female interviewees are treated versus other female candidates.