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Interaction of recruiter and applicant gender in resume evaluation: A field study

Michael Cole, Hubert S. Feild & William F. Giles

abstract In the present study, we examined the effect of recruiter and applicant gender on recruiters' evaluations of applicants' qualifications as reported on actual applicant resumes. Forty recruiters evaluated applicant resumes that were randomly allocated to them. In total, 388 recruiter evaluations of applicant resumes comprised the sample. Results indicate that recruiter and applicant gender interacted to predict recruiters' perceptions of applicants' qualifications. Male recruiters' perceptions of applicants' work experiences did not differ depending on applicant gender. However, female recruiters perceived male applicants' resumes to report more work experiences than resumes of female applicants. Furthermore, male recruiters perceived female applicants as having more extracurricular interests than male applicants. Female recruiters rated both male and female applicants as having about the same amount of extracurricular activity information on their resumes. Gender role theory provides a possible explanation for the study's findings.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-10-2004
journal Sex Roles: A Journal of Research
publisher Springer (New York, NY)
ISSN 0360-0025
ISSN (online) 1573-2762
DOI 10.1007/s11199-004-5469-1
volume of journal 51
number of issue 9-10
page(s) 597-608
review double-blind review
   
citation Cole, M., Feild, H. S., & Giles, W. F. (2004). Interaction of recruiter and applicant gender in resume evaluation: A field study. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 51(9-10), 597-608, DOI:10.1007/s11199-004-5469-1.