Do Women Make Better Recruiters and HR Managers?

by Michael Haberman on January 29, 2009 · 5 comments

I watch little TV beyond the DIY channel. However, I have become a fan of the new show Lie To Me. It is all about body language, which has been an interest of mine since I studied monkeys in a previous life. Monkeys major form of communication is body language. I picked up The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan and Barbara Pease last night and have already started reading it. It is an interesting read and I am looking forward to finishing it.

Early on in the book I came across this statement. “Most women have the brain organization to outcommunicate any man on the planet. Magnetic Resonance Imaging brain scans (MRI) cleary show wy women have a far greater capacity for communicating with and evaluating people than men do. Women have between foruteen and sixteen areas of the brain to evalutate others’ behavior versus a man’s four to six areas.”

My first question upon reading this was “Does this mean that women make better recruiters?” Are they are more “tuned in” in the interview? For that matter, does that explain why there are so many women in HR, the field where people “reading” skills are supposed to be at a premium?

Perhaps so, and I would like you views on this matter. The good news is, for us males in HR and recruiting, reading body language can be learned. So even though we have a brain handicap at the outset we males can catch up some, though supposedly will never be as good.

As a last note, one thing else mentioned so far in the book, is that women lie better than men do! Anyone shocked by that?

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jessica lee January 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm

you went from studying monkeys to HR? classic. from one species to another!


John February 1, 2009 at 8:23 pm


It brought a smile to my face as I read this article.

Still as the rest of us simple people of Ireland endure our over paid politicians spare a minute for this wonderful blog that we received, it’s simple but perhaps can help in these terrible economic times created by a few greedy individuals !

Enjoy, reflect, react !



Hayli @ Rise Smart February 3, 2009 at 8:20 am

Personally, I did prefer Holly Flax over Toby Flenderson, and I know Michael Scott agreed with me.


sarah September 10, 2011 at 10:26 am

No…women are jealous, insecure, competitive in a bad way…..not all women there are a few good professional ones, but I feel men are better at HR..i’m a woman btw…men are more unbiased and open minded….i have had better luck getting jobs when being interviewed by men and very bad experiences with some women…


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