Science hiring assesses applicants based on presumed gender, race: Study

June 10, 2019

A recent study published in the US has found that scientists will significantly change their assessment of a job candidate when offered identical resumes with different names attached to them. The names used in the study were designed to convey variations by gender and race, and the scientists studied were found to operate “on a slew of stereotypes.” The study also found, however, that the findings varied by discipline. Candidates with women’s names were rated as more likable than men by both biologists and physicists, while physicists rated male candidates as more competent and hireable than female candidates. The studied physicists also found Asian and white candidates to be more competent and hireable than Black and Latinx candidates despite being offered identical resumes. Inside Higher Ed | Report (International)