A report carried out by the University of California and the University of Southern California, which analysed job interviews over a two year period, has uncovered a (sadly unsurprising) gender bias against female interviewees.
According to the study, women are twice as likely to be interrupted compared to men during an interview, whilst women are also expected to have to 'prove themselves' more so than men. While this may not be surprising or shocking, it still raises the question - why, in 2017, are we still experiencing a gender bias in interviews?
While drastic measures like anonymous CVs or positive discrimination screening may not be the answer, interviewers and employers still need to be aware of this shift and how to avoid it. It's vital for employers to hire the best candidate for the role dependent on experience and skills, not because of their gender or even sexual orientation or race. As the study stated, '...even shortlisted women with impressive CVs may still be assumed to be less competent'. This is unacceptable and up to employers and interviewers to change. Ultimately a business will succeed thanks to a strongly skilled workforce - not because the company is run solely by men!
According to researchers, women are more likely to be interrupted mid-sentence and face more follow-up questions in academic interviews, suggesting there is a gender imbalance in top jobs. Analysing job interviews at two leading US universities over a two-year period, researchers found that women were questioned more by hiring panels, making them more prone to rushing through a presentation.