Young women are more likely to get ignored by recruiters

Their male counterparts hear back from job interviews more frequently, but it's not all down to gender.

by Rebecca Smith
Last Updated: 13 May 2016

Wading through piles of CVs can prove a daunting task for any recruiter, let alone bashing out tailored rejection letters. But apparently some candidates are more likely than others to get a response after job interviews.

According to the City & Guilds Group and Business in the Community, nearly a third of young women (30%) don’t get feedback after a job interview, compared to less than a fifth (18%) of male applicants. The survey of 4,000 18-24 year-olds claimed that female candidates were at a disadvantage when it came to recruitment.

Is this really a case of bias affecting recruitment behaviour? Saying the lack of feedback is directly down to gender would be pretty reductive as it doesn’t account for the variations in different industries and how far the respective candidates have got in the hiring process. And there's also the question of whether jobseekers are seeking out feedback themselves.  

The research highlights the wider problem that many young people applying for jobs don’t feel they’re getting constructive feedback if they miss out on a position. And firms could do more to provide guidance as well as making the application process more accessible and less daunting for new jobseekers.The City & Guilds Group said a fifth of young women who had a bad recruitment experience said it put them off a firm entirely, so those hoping to attract more female candidates need to response accordingly. 

It’s difficult with a high volume of candidates to provide tailored feedback for everyone, but a staged approach, such as providing collective general tips for those who don’t get shortlisted, can make a difference.

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