You’ve spent years in college and tons of late nights studying for the sole purpose of landing your dream job…only to find out that what really matters is YOUR LOOKS?!
A recent Newsweek survey polled 202 corporate hiring managers, from human resource employees to senior level VPs about the role of beauty in the workplace. The results: it pays to be good-looking.
The poll suggests hiring managers care more about how physically attractive a candidate is than where they went to school! WOW! You’d think in the year 2012 we would be past this kind of discrimination, but apparently 64% of hiring managers believe they should be able to hire based on looks!
Here’s another interesting find from this survey: 61 percent of managers (the majority of them men) said it would be an advantage for a woman to wear clothing showing off her figure at work. Eew! And as if that’s not disturbing enough, the survey also suggests that women are discriminated against if they look too sexy. It’s a fine line! (There are plenty more interesting findings in this poll but I won’t get into them here.)
So, what can you do to make sure the hottie in the waiting room doesn’t get your dream job? While I don’t agree at all with discrimination in the work place, I do believe it is important to look like you could represent your potential employer in positive way. Perhaps companies want their employees to be a reflection of the company itself. A clean, polished employee might say “we’re professional and organized.” No matter what they’re judging on, don’t give them a reason to overlook your amazing skills. Don’t go overboard with hair and makeup but do look like you made an effort – perhaps that shows you will put effort into your work as well? Do NOT wear red lipstick or extreme color makeup. Go with neutral lips and lightly accented eyes to command their attention while you are talking. Dress professionally and make sure everything is clean and pressed properly.
Don’t throw your master’s degree out the window just yet! Confidence is key!
There have been many other polls that have suggested that confidence is attractive! So be confident in your training and experience and it will come across beautifully during your job interview! And when you land that coveted position and make it to the top, I’m sure you’ll hire based on skill and education rather than looks!