Appearance matters at work, and apparently so does cleavage, according to a disappointing new study from Dr. Sevag Kertechian of Paris-Sorbonne University. The researchers found that low-cut tops lead to more job opportunities for women, specifically in the sales and accounting fields. More specifically, women who show a little more skin are 19 times more likely to get a job interview than those who dress more conservatively.
To test this "appearance matters" theory, Dr. Kertechian applied to 400 jobs within the sales and accounting fields using two similar female applications (including photos) over the course of three years. Both women were equally qualified for the positions, but one woman donned a low-cut dress in her photo while the other wore a modest top. In sales, the low-cut dress applicant received 62 more interview offers than the conservative applicant, compared to 68 more interviews in accounting.
"Our results showed interesting trends as low-cut dresses significantly influenced the choice of the recruiters, even for accounting positions. Regardless of the job, whether customer-facing saleswoman or office-based accountant, the candidate with the low cut clothing received more positive answers," said Dr. Kertechian as quoted by Psych.org. "The results were quite shocking and negative ... they show we need to conduct more research."
The study failed to specify the genders of the hiring managers, but regardless, the results detect an unyielding tendency to judge women based on their appearance rather than their intellect. If anything, this is yet another reason why we need more women in managerial and executive-level positions.
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