Do Recruiters Prefer Applicants with Similar Skills? Evidence from a Randomized Natural Experiment

Manuel Fernandez Bagues, Maria J. Perez-Villadoniga

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Abstract

In this paper we explore whether recruiters prefer applicants who are relatively strong in the skills in which the recruiters themselves excel. We analyze evidence from all entry exams to the Spanish Judiciary held between 2003 and 2007, where applicants are randomly assigned across evaluation committees. We find that applicants who excel in the same dimensions as recruiters are significantly more likely to be hired. Our findings have important strategic implications for both public and private sector recruitment practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-20
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Hiring
  • Similar-to-me effect
  • Randomized natural experiment

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