bannerHON
img
HONnews
HONnews
img PATIENT / PARTICULIER img PROFESSIONNEL DE SANTE img WEBMESTRE img
img
 
img
HONcode sites
Khresmoi - new !
HONselect
News
Conferences
Images

Themes:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Browse archive:
2017: N O S A J J M A M F J
2016: D N

 
  Other news for:
Mental Health
 Resources from HONselect
Can Good Looks Derail Your Job Hunt?

By Robert Preidt

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Good looks may be a hindrance in the hiring process, a new study suggests.

But before you feel sorry for attractive applicants, know that the finding only applied to lower-paying jobs.

"Our research suggests that attractive people may be discriminated against in selection for relatively less desirable jobs," said lead author Margaret Lee, a doctoral candidate at the London Business School.

But a good-looking applicant did have an edge when it came to desirable jobs such as project director, manager or IT intern, the researchers added.

The 750 study participants included university students and managers who make hiring decisions in real life. They were shown profiles and photos of two potential job candidates, one attractive and one unattractive.

In a series of experiments, the attractive candidate was much less likely to win a low-paying job, such as warehouse worker or housekeeper.

The study was published Oct. 23 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

The findings stand "in contrast to a large body of research that concluded that attractiveness, by and large, helps candidates in the selection process," Lee said in a journal news release.

The study suggests that the widely held belief that attractive people make more favorable job applicants might be limited to higher-level jobs, said study co-author Madan Pillutla, also of the London Business School.

"The most interesting part of our findings is that decision makers take into consideration others' assumed aspirations in their decisions," said Pillutla.

The study participants thought that attractive candidates would want better jobs, and predicted they would be less satisfied, he said.

That led them to reverse their discrimination pattern and favor unattractive candidates when selecting for a less desirable job, he explained.

More information

USA.gov offers job hunting tips.

SOURCE: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, news release, Oct. 24, 2017

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved. URL:http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=727838

Resources from HONselect: HONselect is the HON's medical search engine. It retrieves scientific articles, images, conferences and web sites on the selected subject.
Psychology
Psychology, Social
Personality
Mental Health
Lead
Discrimination (Psychology)
The list of medical terms above are retrieved automatically from the article.

Disclaimer: The text presented on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice. It is for your information only and may not represent your true individual medical situation. Do not hesitate to consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare professional.
Be advised that HealthDay articles are derived from various sources and may not reflect your own country regulations. The Health On the Net Foundation does not endorse opinions, products, or services that may appear in HealthDay articles.


Home img About us img MediaCorner img HON newsletter img Site map img Ethical policies img Contact