Don’t Hire Me, Because I’m Beautiful

For men, the results were as expected. Hunks were more likely to be called for an interview if they included a photo. Ugly men were better off not including one. However, for women this was reversed. Attractive females were less likely to be offered an interview if they included a mugshot. When applying directly to a company (rather than through an agency) an attractive woman would need to send out 11 CVs on average before getting an interview; an equally qualified plain one just seven.

Before you go getting all “people don’t think women can be smart and pretty at the same time,” the folks who conducted this study have excluded that hypothesis. So, what gives? We should ask January Jones. January Jones, how many CVs did you send out to Mad Men before you got your job at Mad Men?

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