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Gender (In)Consistent Communication via Social Media and Hireability: An Exploratory Study

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Title:Gender (In)Consistent Communication via Social Media and Hireability: An Exploratory Study
Authors:Brouer, Robyn
Stefanone, Michael
Badawy, Rebecca
Egnoto, Mike
Keywords:Social Media
Date Issued:04 Jan 2017
Abstract:Using social media in employee selection processes is relatively new behavior that raises many important questions. Although managers report using sites like Facebook to review applicants, little is known about how these sites influence assessments of those candidates. This exploratory study reports on an experiment designed to evaluate competing hypotheses regarding (in)consistent gender norm-based communication on Facebook and subsequent attraction and hiring decisions. All participants were required to have been responsible for actual hiring decisions during their careers. Surprisingly, results are in contrast to research on the selection process and show that feminine-style communication on Facebook is perceived as most attractive and hirable. However, masculine communication is perceived as least attractive and hirable. This effect was consistent regardless of applicant gender. Practical implications, strengths, limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Appears in Collections: Social Media: Culture, Identity, and Inclusion Minitrack

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