Candidates Use Technology
to Job-Seek, But Still Prefer
The 2014 Candidate Preferences Survey
from ManpowerGroup Solutions Recruitment Process Outsourcing, a division of
ManpowerGroup, seeks to help employers
attract top talent by identifying job seekers’
preferences. More than 200 active and
passive U.S. job seekers were asked about
their use of and preferences for technology,
social media, and online platforms when
researching and interviewing for jobs.
The survey suggests that employers
tailor their talent acquisition practices
to the talent they want to attract. “The
content and functionality of employers’
websites and career sites matter,” says Jim
McCoy of ManpowerGroup Solutions.
“Since nine in 10 candidates use them
as primary sources of information about
employers, making them relevant, compel-
ling, and user-friendly should be a priority
Most job seekers (86%) explore employ-
ers’ websites when researching positions
online. About half (52%) use search engine
results, and 45% use peer recommendations
to gather information about prospective
employers and positions. When it comes
to hearing from potential employers, 72%
of job seekers prefer traditional, in-person
interviews; 15% choose telephone inter-
views; and only 10% would opt for voice or
video conference interviews.
86% of job seekers use
employers’ websites when
researching positions; once
engaged, 72% of them prefer
Data from ASA corporate partner
Monster, gathered in conjunction with
the WageIndicator Foundation, show significant wage disparities among men and
women in the U.S. and Europe.
In the U.S., female workers earn 29%
lower wages than males on average. Women
continue to be better represented in the
workforce, particularly in supervisory positions, but those women are not receiving
the same wages as their male colleagues.
The data collected determined that, on
average, men’s wages are 22%–29% higher
than women’s. The data also show that U.S.
men in supervisory positions make up to
42% higher wages, on average, than their
The greatest gender wage gaps appeared
in legal (where women earn 40% less than
men, on average), finance and insurance
(35% less), health care (34% less), and edu-
cation and research (33% less) occupations.
Respondents to the global survey
included 4,270 respondents living and
working in the U.S. They were from different age groups, varied industries, and
various positions in their respective occupations. n
Wage Disparities Between Men and Women Persist in the
U.S. and Europe
Health care is among those
fields with the greatest
gender wage gaps; women
earn 34% less than men.