The psychology of appearance – is there a gender bias at play in job interviews?

Women who seem ‘too feminine’ may face an uphill struggle when applying for managerial jobs…

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Gerry Fahey is an occupational psychologist and a graduate of TCD and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

MOST JOBS THAT are filled use interviews as one of the decision-making aids to choosing which candidate should be selected for the job, particularly when external candidates are involved. 

However, even with very carefully constructed, structured interviews initial impressions can easily bias interviewers’ evaluations of external candidates and this limit the values of such interviews. In addition, research has shown that the hiring decision is often made as early as the fourth minute in a 30 minute interview and that interviewers spend the reminder of the time looking for evidence to confirm their initial, possibly biased, impression.