In Job Interviews, Modesty No Virtue for Men

Written on Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 5:42 pm by Christiane

Sadly, but true: Even in the 21st century, we still must adhere to certain gender rules to be successful. 

 A doctoral candidate at Rutgers University researched recently what happens if men break these gender rules. More than 200 students of both genders viewed videotaped staged interviews of male and female  job applicants. All the applicants were paid actors who delivered rehearsed similar modest responses for the position.

It turned out that the students judged the applicants as equally competent; however, the modest males were perceived as weak and therefore, they were less liked while modesty in women was not viewed negatively.

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One Response to “In Job Interviews, Modesty No Virtue for Men”

  1. jape says:

    I think both man and woman can be consider equally in any aspect of opportunity. While man, most of the time will have many more advantages compare to woman since man are more physically stronger. Especially with areas that needs some physical strength.

    But every person should have set their own goal. What do they want to achieve? how can they setting up and achieving goals? From this perspective, numbers of time woman is likely have more achievable goals.

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