The old adage Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus may ring true for relationships, however when it comes to the labour market do female and male recruiters actually differ when judging the suitability of candidates?
According to Jobvite’s 2017 Recruiter Nation Report, male and female recruiters do have different preferences. The study found that 66% of male recruiters tend to pay more attention to appearance, personal style and enthusiasm, compared to 60% of females. Indeed, this focus on appearance also meant that male recruiters judge candidates more harshly, with 29% more likely to disqualify a candidate for being dressed too casually, compared to 22% of female recruiters.
When it comes to social media, 32% of male recruiters look at candidates’ photos before meeting them, with 12% of the men surveyed likely to be negatively influenced by selfies on social media, compared to 20% and five per cent respectively for females.
The survey also showed the differences between genders when it comes to candidate’s credentials, with female recruiters more likely to care about a candidate’s University degree than males.
As for the differences between Millennial recruiters and those over the age of 50, it found that younger recruiters placed more emphasis on conversation skills and cultural fit than older recruiters, who value candidate’s knowledge of the industry as the number one priority.