Should We Tell the Recruiter That We Value a Good Work–Life Balance?

Karin Proost, Dieter Verhaest

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Although both employees and organizations increasingly realize the importance of a good work–life balance, it remains unclear how recruiters react when applicants mention a desire for balance on their CV. We conducted a between-subjects experiment (N = 96) in which one group of participants received a CV of an applicant who valued work–life balance versus a CV from which this information was omitted. Based on signaling theory and gender–role congruence theory, we suggested that mentioning balance on one’s CV would lead to less favorable recruitment outcomes through a lower work ethic, especially for men. The results supported this mediation hypothesis but, contrary to expectations, showed that the mediation effect was only significant for women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-130
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Personnel psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • work-life balance
  • recruitment outcomes
  • gender-role congruity theory
  • hiring intentions
  • work ethic

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