Study reveals women are given a tougher time in interviews than men

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A study published in the journal of Social Sciences has found that women are given a harder time in interviews than men.

The U.S-based study discovered that women are more likely to be interrupted mid-sentence and face more follow-up questions than men.

Published last week in the journal of Social Sciences, the findings also show that there is a prevalent “prove it again” attitude in academic interviews towards women.

It also found that female candidates were questioned more by hiring panels  which led to them rushing through the presentation portion of the interview.

Finally, the research found that men are twice as likely to interrupt while speaking to a woman, but when they interrupt during an interview with another male, it is “generally more positive and affirming”.

The data was comprised of job interviews from two leading universities over a two-year period.

Overall, 119 job interviews from the University of California and the University of Southern California were recorded and then analysed by researchers.

Female candidates received at least three more follow-up questions than a male interviewee which made them rush later parts of the interview.

As a result, the report found a clear correlation between the excessive number of questions women received and their tendency to rush.

Many female interviewees responded by saying “for the sake of time, I’m going to skip this part” or “there’s not much time left; I will rush through this”.

The report stated: “Questions piled on to previous questions…may indicate a challenge to the presenter’s competence – not only in their prepared talk but also in their response to questions,”

“Even shortlisted women with impressive CVs may still be assumed to be less competent, are challenged, sometimes excessively, and therefore have less time to present a coherent and compelling talk.”

It concluded: “[These] subtle conversational patterns…form an almost invisible bias, which allows a climate of challenging women’s competence to persist.”

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