You might think that good-looking men have every advantage in life. But a new study suggests being handsome may not always work in a man’s favour – at least when it comes to his career.
The research claims that attractive men are less likely to be given a job in a competitive workplace because they intimidate bosses.
Marko Pitesa, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. says’
It’s not always an advantage to be pretty,’It can backfire if you are perceived as a threat.’
In Pitesa’s study, it was male attractiveness in particular, rather than female beauty, that made the most difference. If the interviewer expected to work with the candidate as part of a team, then he preferred good-looking men. However, if the interviewer saw the candidate as a potential competitor, the interviewer discriminated in favour of unattractive men.
The results of the research suggest that interviewers were not blinded by beauty, and instead calculated which candidate would further their own career.