(PRWEB) March 19, 2010
According to British bosses women perform better at interviews, have better presentation, communication, motivation skills, understand companies and cultures better, are more thorough, affable and better able to balance multiple tasks and yet according to 42.7% of senior management surveyed by TheLadders.co.uk, they will not get the top job because they fear that women will leave to have children.
A poll of 500 bosses by TheLadders.co.uk, a careers site that specialises in £50K plus jobs and executives, found that 59% agree that women perform best at interview with women out-doing men in 11 out of 18 criteria necessary for successful job meetings.
Bosses cited qualifications (80%), fit (working as part of the team and company culture) (70.8%) and personality (65.5%) as the top three considerations in choosing the right candidate. When asked which gender delivered these criteria at interview, an overwhelming number pointed to the fairer sex. 59% of bosses believe women present their skills more effectively, 63.9% say women understand the company culture and 72.3% find women more affable and personable in an interview situation.
However when asked why there are not as many women who secure the top jobs, almost half of Britain’s business crème told TheLadders.co.uk that it was because they fear that women will leave to have children. 54% agree that there simply aren’t as many female candidates as male ones and 51% say that society just expects men to be in leadership roles. Surprisingly 38% feel that there is still inherent sexism in the workplace.
And it doesn’t stop there, a further 45% say that women are simply less assertive when it comes to negotiating the top jobs and top salaries and 44.7% feel that lower pay and recognition for women is part of business stereotyping. Worryingly, over one quarter of those surveyed believe men are rewarded for being more committed than women in their jobs.
Derek Pilcher, Managing Director of TheLadders.co.uk agrees with many respondents who say that whilst women are as qualified as men for senior positions, they simply aren’t applying. “This could be for a number of reasons which may well include the belief that men dominate the top jobs and this scares women from going for interview. Yet women obviously shine at interview and as such should be securing the top jobs when they apply. What is concerning is the un-spoken reasons for not employing women, and in particular the fear of losing female management after they have had children. This too may be seriously impacting the number of women who make it through to leadership roles.”
The gender breakdown of who performs best against the key interview criteria is listed below:
Interview criteria Female Male
Thorough and thoughtful 81.10% 18.90%
Communication skills 75.90% 24.10%
Truthful 75.80% 24.20%
Multi-minded and integration focused 73% 27%
Affable and personable 72.30% 27.70%
Presentation in general 72.20% 27.80%
Follower 70.80% 29.20%
Balance personal / professional 67% 33%
Understand company culture and fit 63.90% 36.10%
Team player 61.10% 38.90%
Presentation of qualifications / skills 58.90% 41.10%
Ability to manage (difficult) situations 45.60% 54.40%
Selling achievements 39% 61%
Getting to the point 35% 65%
Assertive and single minded 34.50% 65.50%
Initiator 30.10% 69.90%
Grasping business concepts 28.50% 71.50%
Hunger and ambition 25.40% 74.60%
The study was conducted amongst TheLadders.co.uk members (£50K plus management) in March 2010. The survey is equally weighted for men and women.
Derek Pilcher is available for more tips and advice on effective interviewing.
TheLadders.co.uk is the UK’s leading online recruitment service catering to the hi-end £50K+ job market. Launched in January 2008 the London-based company is the first port of call for senior executives to keep their finger on the pulse of the elite job market, with a suite of services including access to the most £50K+ jobs in one place, links to the UK’s biggest corporate employers, agencies and headhunters, CV critiquing and customised profiling, regular email alerts and an environment to prospect for new opportunities within the country’s biggest industries – finance, sales and marketing, legal, technology and operations.
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