Knowing why you didn’t get an offer can sometimes be difficult. Did you say something wrong? Were your examples not strong enough?
Were you too good looking?
A recent study found out that being too good looking can affect your chances of getting hired.
From the article:
“Researchers at University College London’s School of Management and the University of Maryland in the US carried out four experiments in offices.
They found that when men were hiring other men to work with them, their decision was affected by the attractiveness of the candidate and the type of job.”
You can find the original article HERE.
Researchers think that this is caused by hiring managers and others involved in the hiring process who may feel threatened by better looking who may be more capable than them.
This can be a problem for multiple reasons.
It keeps quality candidates out.
It’s self-serving to those making hiring decisions.
In other words, by keeping the best people out, those in charge maintain a status quo which means less improvement within a company.
How do we prevent this? Well, part of the problem is too many people involved in the hiring process. When you have a phone screen, then a first round interview, followed by a 2nd round that ends with going out to lunch with your potential coworkers, pretty soon you’ve got 5-7 people whose opinions may be taken into account when making a hiring decision. If any of those people feel like you’re going to be competition and their opinion has enough sway at the organization, then you may kiss your chances of getting an offer letter goodbye.
How do we prevent this? Part of the solution seems to be being aware of this bias we may have. If hiring managers and those involved in hiring know that this bias may creep up on us, we may be able to keep it at bay.