As the job pool widens and the job search closes in, how about another thing we all need to think about when interviewing? And that “thing” is, looking put together, a.k.a looking good.
I heard a great interview this morning between Jessica Bennett and Ann Curry on the Today Show about The Beauty Advantage, “A special report on…how beauty can affect your job, your career, your life.”
I found this topic to be fascinating. I have to admit that from previous experience I know not to dress up in front of potential managers who may be women, at least until I get to know them. As someone who does like to dress up for work and has been looked down on for it by a female manager, I am a little wary about showing off my personal style.
All I ever tried to get across was that I enjoyed coming in to work and I hoped that dressing up a little would show my enthusiasm for my job. So we go back to the question, “Do looks matter during a job interview?” Well, the answer is yes. According to the article:
* Handsome men earn, on average, 5 percent more than their less-attractive counterparts
* Good-looking women earn 4 percent more
* Fifty-seven percent of hiring managers told NEWSWEEK that qualified but unattractive candidates are likely to have a harder time landing a job
* 61 percent of managers (the majority of them men) said it would be an advantage for a woman to wear clothing showing off her figure at work
* But 47 percent also believe it’s possible for a woman to be penalized for being “too good-looking.”
And this last point is the one I am talking about when interviewing. I think hard about wearing my pumps before interviewing as I don’t want to seem like someone who just enjoys looking good and not doing a good job.
How do you feel about the issue?
What did you do today?
P.S. I’d like to offer up this update from my friend Sailaja who did a guest blog about Informational Interviews:
“People who are taller on average tend to make more money in their careers because they are seen as ‘leaders.’ Also, for minority women who have lighter skin tend to earn more and are viewed as, ‘better candidates,’ than their darker skinned friends!”
Sai recently wrote a blog about “Fair for Facebook,” which goes along with my topic today, and how the Facebook team in India has added a new app that allows Indian men to lighten their skin on the site.