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Does beauty matters when recruiting an employee?

  1. thirdmillenium profile image61
    thirdmilleniumposted 7 years ago

    On the other hand, a plain/outright ugly girl OK if efficient?

    1. starme77 profile image88
      starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Well it depends on an opinion , I mean I have seen some people I considerd to be , well , not that attractive while others thought they were georgous , so I guess the beauty is in the eye of the beholder thing rings true

    2. myownworld profile image80
      myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I wish people would stop categorizing others as 'beautiful' or 'ugly'...let alone make it a criteria for hiring!

    3. DogSiDaed profile image60
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I think most people have a subconscious tendency to pick better looking people, but in most jobs, a huge gulf in qualifications would easily outweigh that. Unless it was a modelling job, obviously

    4. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Appearance plays a factor in every aspect of life. Recruiting one person for a specific position, would depend greatly on the qualifications are for that specific position.

    5. AdsenseStrategies profile image67
      AdsenseStrategiesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Why is this question only about women?

      1. thirdmillenium profile image61
        thirdmilleniumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Well, call me an MCP but when it comes to men, no one looks at looks and simply hires if adequate in the job.

    6. Diskobolos profile image57
      Diskobolosposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yes it does matter, both for men and women, but probably more for women. In general, the first impression is usually made after first 30 seconds and after two minutes of the interview the interviewer already have created an opinion about you that is often hard to revert afterward.

    7. SandyMcCollum profile image71
      SandyMcCollumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I first thought, oh what a stupid question. But then I read some of the answers and they are good. An ugly person can do just as well and maybe better than someone else... like anyone else...

    8. falcon64 profile image59
      falcon64posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It's depend on what kind of job it is. But the mere fact i do prioritize applicant with referral. If no referral, focus on how an applicant answering tough question.

  2. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    It depends of the work

    In a factory, I'm sure they look for efficiency.

    In a Spa, they would look for beauty.

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image64
      prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I agree for customer service or beauty industry, ugly doesnt sell, but for politican LOL< it sells

      1. thirdmillenium profile image61
        thirdmilleniumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yea, inside and outside!

      2. habee profile image91
        habeeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Funny, Maita - but painfully true!

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        Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah - look at John McCain lol

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        Rosa Bergerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Did not somebody say at at some point that politicians are simply actors who could not make it in Hollywood because they lack the looks? Has anybody ever heard that saying?

      5. skyfire profile image73
        skyfireposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        PDH, sarah palin ?

  3. K Partin profile image56
    K Partinposted 7 years ago

    Last time I checked I think you can't discriminate against someones looks. If they are qualified for the job, can do it right and get it done then I'm for hiring them. Some times it's whats inside that counts more. smile

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image64
      prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      HI K

    2. thirdmillenium profile image61
      thirdmilleniumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Inside what? Inside where?? big_smile

    3. Ohma profile image73
      Ohmaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It would be very hard to prove discrimination on this subject but I agree with you it really should nat be as important as what someone is capable of doing.

  4. TINA V profile image78
    TINA Vposted 7 years ago

    The communication skills and physical presentation of the applicant are more important when you hire somebody. 

    There are beautiful people who doesn't know how to dress up looks more ugly.  However, those who are not too beautiful who comes for an interview wearing the proper attire looks more charming and smart. That's the applicant who gets the higher probability of being hired.  This is more of a general concept for all positions in a company.

    Have a great week!

  5. K Partin profile image56
    K Partinposted 7 years ago

    Looks aren't everything that's for sure1 yikes

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    bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago

    That all depends on who they're gonna be working with.  If they're working for me, they're gonna be hot!

    1. starme77 profile image88
      starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      hey bloodnlatex come in looking like your avatar, I'll hire ya cutie smile

    2. ngureco profile image87
      ngurecoposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Is being employed a favour? If so and we are sincere, then beauty is an added advantage in recruiting an employee. Employers are humans and have natural feelings of being attracted to the opposite sex and being repelled to same sex  -  Men employers will go for beautiful ladies and ugly men, women employers will go for handsome gentlemen and ugly women.

  7. G Miah profile image81
    G Miahposted 7 years ago

    Depends on what sort of company/business it is. I always keep beauty as a priority, plus hygiene. Customers love it!

  8. Cleanclover profile image60
    Cleancloverposted 7 years ago

    Beautiful people get the edge. Thats where i score over others

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    Poppa Bluesposted 7 years ago

    Studies have shown attractive people are more likely to be hired given the choice. I know I'm guilty of that, though I would never hire someone JUST because they are attractive. They still have to be qualified to do the work.

  10. tobey100 profile image60
    tobey100posted 7 years ago

    From what they teach us in management, its not supposed to make a difference what the prospect looks like.  It does though.  We tend to instantly form an opinion about someone the moment we see them.  Thank God we do though.  If I weren't so good looking I wouldn't have a job.  I can't do anything marketable.

  11. efeguy profile image61
    efeguyposted 7 years ago

    beauty just an added advantage.

    but character, qualification  and intelligent are the main stuff

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    Mistress - yes

    Secretary - no

    1. myownworld profile image80
      myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol

      1. Diskobolos profile image57
        Diskobolosposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Well, the idea of having a secretary is that she might be your mistress too.smile

        1. myownworld profile image80
          myownworldposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          .....which is another whole debate altogether!

  13. marcel285 profile image70
    marcel285posted 7 years ago

    Sometimes looks do count whether you get a job or someone else gets it over you. But i think it's more about taking care in of yourself and your appearence that's more important, than how good looking you are.

  14. yenajeon profile image83
    yenajeonposted 7 years ago

    i feel like it shouldn't matter, but it definitely does. research shows that in retail, 'better-looking' people make more money.
    Have you ever seen an overweight person working at Abercrombie? No.

  15. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Other things equal, I am much more likely to hire a pretty girl than an ugly guy tongue

  16. Anamika S profile image72
    Anamika Sposted 7 years ago

    When it comes to posts where customer or client interaction is required ofcourse it is an yes because good presentation is required.

  17. kerrylee profile image56
    kerryleeposted 7 years ago

    maybe different countries will have different custom, however, this is still a important thing, for sometimes it is a fact that beauty will help a lot in getting a job.

  18. jodysmith profile image56
    jodysmithposted 7 years ago

    Hello,
    I have been assessing the recruitment procedures since past several days and here is the order of preference in which a candidate would be selected:-
    1. If he or she has any reference or internal or external source.
    2. If he or she is extremely talented.
    3. Last but not the least in case of females if they are a bit above average in terms of looks then they have the maximum possibilities of getting selected from the flock of those who do not fulfill the above 2 criteria.

    1. Black Lilly profile image60
      Black Lillyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Exactly.
      In addition, for women:
      Looks matter quite a lot when recruitment is handled by a man, except for the level where you're already head-hunted.
      When the recruiter is a woman, it might even be considered a disadvantage.

      This works on a subconscious level, sometimes people even do not notice that.
      There is also another aspect - people with better looks are generally more confident (generally - not always), and that makes a real difference.

  19. Mama Sez profile image73
    Mama Sezposted 7 years ago

    Even if the good-looking applicant is slightly inferior in terms of qualifications, there is still a good chance that he/she will get the job.  Assuming that all factors (educational attainment, skills, etc.) for competing applicants are the same except for the looks, then the power of beauty will most likely dominate.

  20. theirishobserver. profile image58
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    not if they are going down the coal mines smile

  21. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 7 years ago

    Appearance matters in any job - an employee should be clean, well groomed and dressed suitably for their position.

    But unless you are talking about modelling or some job based around looks, physical beauty should not be a factor.  The right qualifications, enthusiasm, experience, honesty and ability to get on with people are far more important.

    And why in these threads about looks is it always about women? Men have looks too!

  22. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 7 years ago

    CMH, appearance SHOULD not be a factor, but unfortunately it is. Employers get a lot of CVs - if you look better, yours will be noticed first, you will be forgiven a few non-essential flaws.

    With regards to men, situation is about the same - better looking gets in easier and most of the times gets promoted faster. This is not the rule also, but we are all just humans after all (one chromosome away from a monkey).

    1. Diskobolos profile image57
      Diskobolosposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry, I'm not sure I'm getting your point here, how can an employee judge you by your look from your CV?

      Also, what are these few non-essential flaws?

      1. Black Lilly profile image60
        Black Lillyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Well, there are many times when a photo is included in a CV, right?
        And by flaws I meant for example, something that's done a bit differently than required in a job ad or a mistype or some formatting error (as long as it remains not essential).

        1. Diskobolos profile image57
          Diskobolosposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          For any remotely serious job in business in US or UK and most of the Europe the standard formatting of CV does not include photo, putting photo would be such a mistake that it would eliminate you from getting an interview no matter how you look.smile Same with having typos.

          1. Black Lilly profile image60
            Black Lillyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            When I think about this topic now, it's way too general. The overall answer is definitely yes - appearance matters. How - and this already depends on the country (thinking about all over the world), the company (big and small), the job itself (from shop assistants to general managers), etc.
            I must also make it clear that even if I say appearance matters, it by no means can be considered even close to the level of qualifications and experience.

            With regards to a more or less serious job in business in such countries as UK or US - your CV basically only includes contact details, qualifications, experience and additional skills. Nothing else.
            Here appearance takes its toll during an interview wink

  23. SweetiePie profile image83
    SweetiePieposted 7 years ago

    Actually it looks like the finger is pointing to her spammy link.  It is the index and not the middle finger.

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      No it isn't take a closer look.

      1. SweetiePie profile image83
        SweetiePieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Oh I thought she was just pointing at her spam link.  I see what you mean smile.  It is probably some fourteen year old kid or something.

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          A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Maybe

  24. profile image0
    Madame Xposted 7 years ago

    Has it been 30 days? Welcome back Tex smile Glad they let you out smile

    1. profile image0
      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm sure someone somewhere is waiting to make it 90 days.

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        Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I'd take that as a compliment smile

        1. profile image0
          A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I don't take it as anything other than sensitive people shouldn't be on the internet!

          1. profile image0
            Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            smile

            They're not really sensitive - that's just the cover story

            1. profile image0
              A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Hmmmm, you could be right.

  25. kittens4dj profile image60
    kittens4djposted 7 years ago

    It shouldn't but in most cases you know it does!

  26. inspireyourspirit profile image54
    inspireyourspiritposted 7 years ago

    The answer is that is should not matter but the truth is that it does!  But beyond that, employers want to hire people that are healthy and take care of themselves because that will reflect in their work.

  27. kezan98 profile image61
    kezan98posted 7 years ago

    while you can't legally discriminate on looks for a particular job, I bet if 2 people had similar qualifications and experience I know some people would pick the most attractive one.

  28. Beth100 profile image83
    Beth100posted 7 years ago

    It really shouldn't matter, but the truth is, is that it does.  Positions requiring face to face with clientele require average to above average looks...also, it is an image that they are giving to their clients/potential clients.  Receptionists are, generally, well groomed and above average looking as they greet clients. 

    Employees should be hired based on skill, experience and referrals.  Sadly, this is not always the case.

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I never worry about this stuff, I'm pretty!

      1. Beth100 profile image83
        Beth100posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yes you are!!!  wink

        But, reverse discrimination exists for those who are always hired for looks, and not skills.  Have you experienced that?

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          A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          No, when I was in business (retired) I hired who was qualified, it just so happened that those who were hired were FUGLY!

          1. Beth100 profile image83
            Beth100posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            lol  You make me laugh!!!!

      2. falcon64 profile image59
        falcon64posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Pretty sometime cannot help the business if you have no brain.

        1. gmwilliams profile image82
          gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          However, such as not the case always.  Attractiveness rules over brains in many instances.  Companies would rather hire an attractive person who is mediocre than an unattractive, even ugly person who has prodigious talent.   Attractiveness makes companies monies while unattractiveness is a socioeconomic liability to companies as unattractive employees can repel clients and make them not to want to do business with the former.

    2. falcon64 profile image59
      falcon64posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      But if we're talking about workers in a big company. Do set aside the beauty. I had no enough beauty.... but I can run and trouble shoot machine whom Manufactured most of the present Technology. We call this as skills and knowledge.

    3. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      NOPE, this IS the real world where looks count.   Attractive people always have an EDGE over their less attractive counterparts in the corporate world.  Studies show that attractive people earn more than their less attractive counterparts in addition to being promoted more. If one is unattractive and ugly, he/she will have a more difficult time procuring employment, especially high end and high visibility jobs.  That is a fact of life.

  29. Princessa profile image82
    Princessaposted 7 years ago

    It's sad, but I think it does.

    I worked for a few months in a telephone company in Spain.  The work and pay was entirely based on performance.  I was completly useless at it.  Never reached the bare minimun once in 11 months, but they kept me 11 months!!!! while they were firing all the low performers after a 3 month contract. 

    I don't know how my contract was renewed every 3 months (maybe because I was sitting in front of the boss?)

    Eventually I left the job, otherwise I am sure they would have kept renewing my 3 month contracts ad infinitum...

    1. Misha profile image75
      Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I can understand them lol

    2. falcon64 profile image59
      falcon64posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I don't know how my contract was renewed every 3 months (maybe because I was sitting in front of the boss?)

      ha....you do?

  30. Mekenzie profile image93
    Mekenzieposted 7 years ago

    It shouldn't be a criteria and yes it is against the law to discriminate but as some have already stated - the beautiful are usually hired first.  I have also learned that when someone has the job experience along beauty that radiates from within ...  they will get the job most every time.

  31. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago

    In the entertainment, high end, and people centered industries, more attractive people are hired regardless of the educational and/or skill levels.  Such jobs are front end and high visibility jobs which want attractive people to represent their brand.  However, in jobs that are less visible and low end, less attractive, even ugly people are hired.

 
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