Can Gender Make a Difference in the Hiring Process? [INFOGRAPHIC]


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With diversity high on the agenda for many organisations, I was really interested to receive this article from Heather R. Huhman, looking at the differences in how men and woman approach their job search. The insights here should be really useful to organisations in making sure that their recruitment efforts enable them to reach both genders and provide both sexes with an equal chance to shine. This will help companies achieve not only their diversity aims but also avoid any claims of discrimination.


You are a fair employer. You try to look at all candidates equally and don’t discriminate based on demographics. But like it or not, stereotypes and unintentional bias impact our thought process and decisions in complex ways -- ways we don’t even realize.

Maybe you’ve noticed it while looking for new talent and maybe you haven’t, but gender impacts how men and women approach the job search, and how employers make hiring decisions. This infographic, compiled by, a job board which gives members access to the most sought after medical sales jobs and pharmaceutical sales jobs on the Web, highlights the different tactics men and women use in the job search process, and offers solutions to help level the playing field.

Some points of note include:

  • Women are often turned off to job descriptions that list traits typically associated with men
  • When employers only had appearance to go by, both male and female recruiters were twice as likely to hire a man than a woman
  • Women who describe themselves with “feminine” terms are seen as less qualified for traditionally male-dominated fields
  • American women ranked men’s leadership skills above their own and those of other women

Check out the full infographic below to see how gender can impact recruiting.

What do you think? What other ways does gender impacts hiring decisions?


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