Bosses choose 'good-looking jobseekers'

19-03-2008

Bosses choose 'good-looking jobseekers'
Attractive job applicants may have more success at the interview stage than other jobseekers, a new survey has indicated.

Nearly 90 per cent of employers have admitted choosing the most attractive candidate for a job opening at least once, the poll by Peninsula revealed.

Furthermore, the study found that job candidates are judged on their appearance by 92 per cent of bosses, Online Recruitment magazine reports.

"Most employers know better than to base employment decisions on appearance that is related to legally protected factors such as race, age or disability," head of diversity for Peninsula David Price stated.

However, this could be an emerging "form of modern discrimination", he said, adding that choosing the most attractive candidates does have "legal risks".

ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg deplores the trend, but points out candidates CAN do something about it.

"Everybody knows looks aren't everything," he says.

"How many times have you noticed that a person's attitude is so engaging and positive, it doesn't really matter what they look like?"

Mr Traberg's advice is simple, yet challenging if you've never done it before.

"Work on your attitude," he says. "Be so outgoing that you are remembered as looking great, even if you are as ordinary as the rest of us."

"It's like the state of mind a high-jumper uses. First throw your heart over the bar, the rest of you will follow without effort."

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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