Will How I Look Affect
Getting Job Offers?
When we write about job interviewing a
common question that is asked of our team is "Does one's appearance
affect the outcome of a job interview?". To answer that question we
found an example from a highly unlikely source: the 1993 movie
There is a scene in the movie where Regina Perlman comes to Oscar
Schindler's factory to ask for an incredibly important favor. From his
office Schindler looked down at Perlman where she was standing at the
bottom of a long flight of steps. She was dressed in old clothes and she
was turned away without even a word from Schindler. The next day she
arrived with makeup on and was wearing a new hat and dress. She was
invited up to Schindler's office.
Oscar Schindler: So, what can I do for you?
Krause: They say that no one dies here. They say your factory is
a haven. They say you are good.
Schindler: Who says that?
Krause: Everyone. My name is Regina Perlman, not Elsa Krause.
I've been living in Krakow on false papers since the ghetto massacre. My
parents are in Plaszow. Their names are Chana and Jakob Perlman. They
are older people. They're killing older people now in Plaszow. They bury
them up in the forest. Look, I don't have any money. I-I borrowed these
clothes, I'm begging you - please, please bring them here.
Most certainly, pleading for help saving your parents' lives is a far
cry from applying for a job, but we can still see the advantage of
Regina Perlman's strategy. The question of the affect of your appearance
on your job interview's outcome is like so many others; it is often
situational. The short answer is yes, looking good can enhance your
chances of getting a job offer. Here are some physical traits that can
help get you a higher paying job and some of the research behind this
White and straight teeth.
white, healthy looking teeth are
considered more intelligent, interesting, and successful.
If you're a man be 6' tall or higher.
Or if you are a woman be 3 inches taller than the other women around
Men who are at least 6' tall make an
average salary of $5,525 more than their shorter, 5'5 counterparts.
You're not overweight, especially if you are a woman.
When they are overweight, both sexes report smaller paychecks, but
women in particular are penalized. For women, a 1% increase in
body mass results in a 0.6 percentage point decrease in
You are attractive, but not so attractive that it is distraction!
attractive people as more trustworthy
and honest without knowing anything else about them. However, if you are
incredibly more attractive then everyone else around you more people say
that can actually be a disruption in the workplace.
You smile a lot.
Again, we tend to trust those who smile and find them more attractive.
You're not bald.
63% of men report that hair loss or balding has negatively affected
You stand up straight.
A Harvard University study showed that good posture not only makes you
appear more successful and powerful,
but can suppress the stress hormone cortisol, thus helping you relax in
You dress professionally.
If you don't, many
hiring managers perceive you as someone
who doesn't even care enough about yourself, let alone the company.
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