Attractiveness and human behaviour research has long established that beautiful people are perceived to be friendlier, more intelligent and more successful than their less attractive counterparts.
According to a recent research article published in the journal: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the attractiveness phenomenon can have a far reaching impact particularly in the field of recruitment, but it’s not always positive.
The researchers found that attractive candidates were more likely to be successful in getting a job over equally skilled but less attractive applicants, when the judge was of the opposite sex.
Beauty was seen as a disadvantage when being reviewed by a same sex judge. Judges of the same sex as the attractive applicant showed a significant negative bias towards them. This was partially mediated by the level of self esteem the judge had. Judges with high self esteem were less threatened by the attractive candidate.