ERIC Number: ED102728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Experimental Studies of Discrimination in the Evaluation of Job Applicants' Resumes: I. Relative Importance of Sex, Attractiveness, and Scholastic Standing. Paper No. 430.
Wiback, Kent; And Others
College students and college recruiters rated bogus resumes of twelve senior industrial management students who were allegedly seeking employment. In addition to subject population, three variables were systematically varied in each resume: applicant's sex, physical attractiveness, and scholastic standing. The dependent variable was subjects' perceptions of the applicant's suitability for the position of head of a furniture department in a large department store. Significant effects showed that applicants with high scholastic standing were preferred to applicants with low scholastic standing, male applicants were preferred to female applicants, attractive applicants were preferred to unattractive applicants, and applicants were rated more favorably by college students than by recruiters. It appears that the training and experience of college recruiters did not reduce the tendency to discriminate among job applicants on the basis of sex or physical attractiveness. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Analysis of Variance, Employment Interviews, Evaluation Methods, Experiments, Industrial Education, Job Applicants, Personnel Selection, Sex Discrimination, Social Discrimination, Stereotypes
Secretary of the Institute Paper Series, Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (Paper No. 430, Free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Herman C. Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration.