Social status can be determined in just seven words

Researchers from Yale University believe that the social status of a person can determine in just seven words. Moreover, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this may affect the decision on employment and wage rates. In the study, researchers asked 274 recruiters to listen to audio or read transcripts of applicants for the position of laboratory head at the University. The results were quite unexpected.

The recruiter is the impression of the applicant within the first few seconds of communication

Social status affects the salary and position

At the beginning of the experiment, the recruiters were asked to assess the professional qualities of the candidate, starting salary and social status without reading the summary. All information that was available to the subjects, were presented in the form of transcripts and audio recordings of discussions before the interview people applying for the position of laboratory head at the University. The results showed that for the first seven words, employers are quickly assessed the social status of the candidates. Subsequently, this was reflected in decisions on hiring and on salaries and bonuses.

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The average starting salary for those whose social status was estimated as higher, started with about £45 260 ($58 750) compared to about £44 680 ($58 000) for those whose social status was lower. Similarly, most candidates with a high social status received a bonus above £1925 ($2500), while applicants whose social status was classified as low, bonus is not provided.

The salary and position directly depend on social status. And it is in the developed countries such as the UK

The study’s lead author, associate Professor of organizational behavior at Yale University Michael Krause, said the publication The Telegraphthat people rarely talk about the social status of open, the less experienced recruiters determine the competence and suitability of applicants based on socio-economic status, estimated by a few seconds of speech of the applicant. Kraus also noted that these psychological processes are rooted quite firmly but to deal with them is necessary if we want a society dominated by justice.

What impression to leave behind the voice assistants?

It was found that the speech patterns of technical devices, for example Alexa from Amazon, leave a positive impression on recruiters. The researchers found that the speech, which followed the traditional grammatical standards of the English language, as well as digital standards such as Alexa voices from Amazon or Google Assistant, has been linked to both actual and perceived higher social status. The researchers also found that the definition of social status was mainly answered by the pronunciation, not the content of the speech, which conveyed social status, and it only took seven words to make conclusions.

It turned out that the intonation of the voice assistants like recruiters

The study shows that even during the shortest of the interaction of speech templates of the human form the way people perceive it, including the assessment of competence and fitness for work. Although the majority of recruiters deny that the social status of the applicant matters, in fact, socio-economic status of an individual or his parents is estimated at the first second when a person begins to speak. This restricts economic mobility and perpetuates inequality. How you think, how is the situation in Russia? Let’s try to discuss this in the comments and with members of our Telegram chat.

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