Turns out there’s merit to putting your best face forward: Attractive job candidates get called back 36 percent more frequently than those who aren’t as good-looking, according to a paper published by the Institute for the Study of Labor. In the study, which took place in Argentina over two months, investigators sent 2,500 applications to positions in various fields, including a photo of the person.
They found that 10.3 percent of attractive applicants got called for interviews– and were contacted sooner– versus 7.6 percent of the unattractive candidates. Researchers gauged physical beauty based on facial proportions found to be appealing in previous studies.
Tell us: Do you think pretty people have an advantage when applying for jobs?
Wearing makeup makes you appear more competent, trustworthy and likable, a recent study showed, but you may want to tone it down at the office: More than a third of bosses think their female employees and colleagues wear too much makeup, an officebroker.com poll of 500 managers found. The main culprits: bright lips, overdone eyes and heavy blush. As women who work in beauty media, we believe that wearing makeup— and yes, even exploring trends and bolder looks— is part of our job, but every industry has different standards.
Tell us: How much makeup do you usually wear to work? Would you adjust how much you apply? Why or why not?