29 Sep

By Annapurna

Your CV- do male recruiters interpret it differently than female recruiters?


Part 1

He says right and she says left. He says no and she says yes. The fact the men and women are different and think differently is well known. But does that also play a role when they read a CV?

We tested it and interviewed our very own Annapurna consultants: Edina Petersen and Stefan Pirpamer. Both were given the same set of questions and answered independently from each other.

This week, we start with Stefan, who’s specialised in Software development and has been working at Annapurna for the past 9 months.


1. What is the first thing you look at when you read a CV?

The first thing I look at when I get a CV is the structure and the layout. It often says more about the person than the actual content does. After that, the experience of the candidate is obviously very important and whether it is relevant for the vacancy.


2. Is the layout of a CV important to you?

Yes, the layout is one of the most important things for me, since as mentioned above, it can say a lot about the applicant. For example, you can tell from the layout how ambitious and conscientious, or how neat and organized the candidate is.


3. Is the company, which the applicant previously worked for, important for you? (Size of the company etc.)

It depends on the tasks of the applicants in their role. When a candidate has worked for a big well-known company, it could indicate that he/she is a step ahead of other applicants because the competition and therefore the selection criteria for those companies are usually very tough. However, sometimes candidates who come from smaller less known companies, can have had a lot more responsibilities and therefore might have developed certain skills much sooner than others.


4. Name 3 things, which make a CV stand out for you.

  • Relevant work experience
  • Continuous learning and development
  • Good structure and layout


5. What’s the one piece of advice you give all your candidates?

A good advice when writing your CV is: less is more. It means including only relevant information without any extras such as images or decorations.


Read the interview with Edina here on our website next week and find out how your CV is being read from a female perspective.

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