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Was it proved that women do worse than men at interviews because they are bad at interviews?

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No. But the answer may be more complicated than explicit sexism.

A recent blinded study of hiring indicated that explicit knowledge of the gender of an applicant may have less influence than previously thought. However, there are additional non-explicit cues, much research that contradicts this, and the research in this area is vast and not overturned by a single study.

Origin and Prevalence

A service called Interviewing.io was created to allow interviewers and interviewees to match up online with interviewees based on their communication skills. They created a voice changer to make men sound like women and women to sound like men, during the interviews to try and fix the gender gap in the tech industry. The resulting report stated that men were being rated 3 out of 4 stars compared to the 2.5 stars women received. After the experiment, masking gender had no effect on interview performance.

The story was picked up by Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos, and shared as evidence that women do not face discrimination in the hiring process. The article was framed as showing "There's No Hiring Bias Against Women In Tech, They Just Suck At Interviews"

Issues and Analysis

Aline Lerner, the main author of this study, doesn't see the study as proof there is no sexism. viewed women in the tech industry and how they interviewed. It wasn't how the women were interviewing it was how they have no interest in the tech industry, or knew little about the jobs that are offered. The real issue at hand is 1.4 million jobs will open in computer science by 2020, yet we'll have enough qualified graduated to fill 29% of them and less than 3% will be filled by women. There are many things we can do to motivate women to enter computer science well before they start high school and college. Schools can encourage young women in every stage of their school years to explore this as a career options.

Another issue is culture. Images of men working in this field are many times more prevalent than those of women, and this may reduce women's interest in this sort of work. New efforts are being made by a group called "Girls Who Code" the founder of this is Reshma Saujani, and Merline Santil, which she is the head of the office and operation of this group. They are recasting the stereotypes for women in the tech industry. They have taught more than 10,000 girls in 43 states and 90% of alumni are going into computer science. The issue at hand isn't that women suck at interviews, they just don't have much knowledge on the tech industry and are not taught much about going for that field. Hopefully, with this group of women going around the world to teach young women about this industry the future will have more women in the tech industry.

Ability Assessment

Code written by women are rated higher than those written by men. Women's profiles will get pulled at a rate of 78.6 percent whereas men's profiles got pulled at of 74.6 percent. The acceptance rate will drop to 71.8 if the profile's gender is private and if they are unknown, however if they are unknown but their gender is public then the acceptance rate for females drops to 62.5 percent.


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