According to a study carried out by University College London’s School of Management and the University of Maryland in the US, handsome men are more likely to be seen as a threat by their bosses and are hence less likely to score equally powerful positions.
The researchers found that when men were hiring other men, their decision was negatively affected by the attractiveness of the candidate and the type of job.
Attractive women did not face the same problem because being pretty is not associated with competence among female stereotypes.
Professor Sun Young Lee, lead researcher at the University of Maryland.
Managers are affected by stereotypes and make hiring decisions to serve their own self-interests so organizations may not get the most competent candidates.
Awareness that hiring is affected by potential work relationships and stereotyping tendencies can help organizations improve their selection processes.