Ugly Women Land More Interviews
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I have a feeling this is going to spark some controversy, but a new study conducted by Ben Gurion University shows that ugly women are twice as likely to get a call back to interview than attractive women with identical qualifications. The researchers attributed the disparity to the fact that HR departments are primarily staffed with women, on average single and 29-years old (I can hear that biological clock ticking from here), and they surmised that the rejection of more attractive candidates was based on a jealous response.
Needless to say, the opposite is true for male candidates. If you are male, the more attractive you are the more likely you are to receive a call back - according to the study. The study was conducted by sending out 5,000 resumés to various employers, all identical in qualification, half with no photo attached and the other half with photos split 50-50 between attractive candidates and unattractive candidates.
Attractive males received a 19.9 per cent call back rate, almost 50 per cent higher than the 13.7 per cent response for plain men and more than twice the 9.2 per cent response to those with no photo.
I know the rule of thumb is to never send a photo with your resumé, but maybe you should think about it if you're really good looking (and male, obviously). The same holds true if you're female and hideous. Can't hurt, right?
My own personal experience bears this notion out. At the places I've worked where men were in charge of the hiring decisions, our receptionists were always smokin' hot. Some of them couldn't even work the phones, which frankly became a nuisance after a while. At other places I've worked where women handled the hiring, well, let's just say there are plenty of 60-year old receptionists out there too.
I'm not sure I'm ready to reach the same conclusion as the researchers, but it's definitely food for thought:
After the experiment, they contacted the person at the company who screened the applications, and found that in 96 per cent of cases they were women. They were typically single and an average age of 29 – "qualities more likely to be associated with a jealous response when confronted with a young, attractive competitor in the workplace", the team said.
So, who among us has attached a photo with their resumé? How did it work? Are any of you going to try it now? If any she-monkeys care to attach a photo to their comment, I'm sure the guys on the site will be happy to let you know what your chances of a call back are...