Being too handsome can damage a man's career says study

science 03/06/2018

Sometimes it's difficult being really, really, really, ridiculously good looking.

According to a study carried out by two US and UK universities, handsome men are more likely to be seen as a threat to bosses, and are less likely to win the top jobs.

Researchers at University College London’s School of Management and the University of Maryland in the US carried out four separate experiments in four different offices. 

They found that when men were hiring other men to work with them, decisions were negatively affected by the attractiveness of the candidate and the type of job. 

Less surprising, women's perceived attractive did not prevent them from being desirable additions to the boardroom.

"Managers are affected by stereotypes and make hiring decisions to serve their own self-interests so organisations may not get the most competent candidates" said professor Sun Young Lee, lead researcher at the University of Maryland.

"With more companies involving employees in recruitment processes, this important point needs attention. Awareness that hiring is affected by potential work relationships and stereotyping tendencies can help organisations improve their selection processes."

Source: Daily Mail