Last night I came across an article that was boldly titled, Are Women Too Nice To Get Hired? My first reaction was one of shock, as I found the notion sexist.
But then I got into the content, and sexist or not, research suggests it might be the truth.
According to a study by Inside Higher Ed., women are actually more likely than men to be positioned as “too nice” because of the gender-specific words that have been associated with them for centuries. Hiring managers come away with descriptions like “nurturing” or “warm” to describe female job applicants, be it from their personal impression or literal language used in a recommendation. On the other side, they tend to use words like “ambitious” or “daring” for men.
Is it fair? Not at all. That’s why it’s key that you know the culture of the company you’re interviewing with so that you can deliver an impression that fits what they’re looking for and needing – while staying true to yourself. Don’t be who you’re not, but don’t sell yourself short, either – whether you’re a woman or a man! Show them that you’ve got the confidence to do the job as well as it can be done by ANYONE.
So what’s your take on this study’s controversial implications?