Monday, November 14, 2011

Facial Blemishes May Influence Success Of A Job Interview

According to a study published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, "birthmarks, scars and other facial blemishes may make it harder for people to land a job." In a study involving 170 people conducting sham job interviews, researchers found that "the more the interviewers' attention was distracted by facial blemishes, the less they remembered about the job candidate and the lower they rated them." A second experiment involved 38 full-time managers who "conducted face-to-face interviews with job candidates who had a facial birthmark. All the managers had experience interviewing people for jobs but were still distracted by the birthmarks."

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