Being good looking might seem like the solution to all of life’s problems but it could actually put you at a huge disadvantage in your career.
That’s according to new research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology which suggests that good looking people may be up against it when applying for a job that might not be all that glamourous. So that’s pretty much every entry-level job going then.
Anyways, the research showed how interviewers often assume more attractive people would prefer a more desirable position than their ugly competitors and therefore miss out.
As a result, better looking candidates are more likely to be overlooked for these roles. That might not sound too worrying but think about it this way: have you ever known of a job or career that didn’t start with some not-so-glamourous role on the bottom rung of the ladder?
This conclusion was reached after the London Business School (LBS) conducted tests to see the role good looks play in the hiring process.
As part of the test, 750 participants were show two photos of potential candidates. They were then asked if they would hire them for a selection of jobs which varied based on their level of perceived desirability.
The results showed they were more likely to hire good looking people for the more attractive roles – apparently they deserve this kind of thing for just being nice to look at.
“We found that people perceive attractive individuals to feel more entitled to good outcomes than unattractive individuals,” Margaret Lee, who co-authored the study told Quartz.
“Our work suggests that we may need to think differently about low level jobs.”
Good thinking! Lets get all those good looking types cleaning toilets for a living. That’ll teach them for being born attractive. Bastards.
Who are we kidding, it’s never going to happen.
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