Work Hard or Play Hard? Degree Class, Student Leadership and Employment Opportunities
38 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018
We investigated the impact on first hiring outcomes of two main curriculum vitae (CV) characteristics by which graduates with a tertiary education degree distinguish themselves from their peers: degree class and extra-curricular activities. These characteristics were randomly assigned to 2,800 fictitious job applications that were sent to real vacancies in Belgium. Academic performance and extra-curricular engagement both enhanced job interview rates by about 7%. The effect of a higher degree class was driven by female (versus male) candidates and candidates with a master's (versus a bachelor's) degree. We did not find evidence for these CV characteristics to be substitutes or to reinforce each other's effect.
Keywords: degree class, extra-curricular activities, hiring, field experiment
JEL Classification: J23, J24, I23, C93
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