During a faculty interview, I met with a fairly prominent faculty member who informed me that my research interests were not aligned with the rest of the departmental subgroup that I had applied for. Despite this, he was willing to advocate for me in the hiring decision meeting, as I was an “opportunity hire” as a woman. He then proceeded to say that I would have been a sure hire with the dean if I had indicated I was also of the same religious sect as the university on their voluntary disclosure form.
So you’d consider my gender above my research merits, and you’re convinced I would fail in the department anyway. Sound investment strategy.