It was hypothesized that perceived attractiveness and use of professional facial cosmetics would increase all ratings of professional competence. Further, facial cosmetics would be more advantageous for less attractive applicants and managerial applicants. The results supported these hypotheses, demonstrating that the use of professional facial cosmetics improved ratings of competence for female applicants. However, this enhancement was greater for less attractive female applicants and managerial applicants. Implications and limitations are discussed.
The perception of attractiveness can have a significant effect on how people are judged in terms of employment or social opportunities, friendship, sexual behavior, and marriage. A study of the reports of college students regarding those traits in individuals which make for attractiveness and repulsiveness argued that static traits, such as beauty or ugliness of features, hold a position subordinate to groups of physical elements like expressive behavior, affectionate disposition, grace of manner, aristocratic bearing, social accomplishments and personal habits. Such studies consistently find that activity in certain parts of the orbitofrontal cortex increases with increasing attractiveness of faces. The same study finds that for faces and bodies alike, the medial part of the orbitofrontal cortex responds with greater activity to both very attractive and very unattractive pictures. Women also tend to be more attracted to men who are taller than they are, and display a high degree of facial symmetry , as well as relatively masculine facial dimorphism. Female respondents in the follicular phase of their menstrual cycle were significantly more likely to choose a masculine face than those in menses and luteal phases ,  or in those taking hormonal contraception.
Effects of Facial Attractiveness, Gender, and Competence of Applicants on Job Recruitment
Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph. Specifically, this study used a status generalization theory perspective to examine the weighting of information related to candidate physical attractiveness, gender, and qualification to predict perceived expectations for intellectual competence, likability, and social skills. These expectations then predicted whether the candidate should be recommended for a job interview. While participants relied almost exclusively on qualification information when making judgments of intellectual competence, candidates placed increased weight on attractiveness when rating likability and social skills. Using a unique policy-capturing HLM framework, these relationships were examined within high- and low-customer visibility positions and within both masculine- and feminine-typed jobs.
EricCMack Getty Images I was taught early in life -- primarily by lots of s comedy flicks that haven't held up particularly well over the decades -- that being beautiful can give you an edge in life. Even if you're not a child of the '80s, you've certainly been subconsciously force-fed the same concept over the years by reams of marketing featuring airbrushed faces and figures. Research has returned conflicting findings on how physical attractiveness can impact certain interactions.