How Much Does Appearance Matter?

Perceived attractiveness was correlated with perceived competence and likeability in a meta-analysis by Michigan State University’s Linda A. Jackson, John E. Hunter, and Carole N. Hodge. Physically attractive people were seen as more intellectually competent. Similarly, women who wore cosmetics were rated more highly on attractiveness, competence, likeability and trustworthiness when viewed for as little as 250 […]

How Much Positive Feedback Counterbalances Criticism?

Sandra Mashihi Does 360-degree feedback do more harm than good? Envisia’s Kenneth Nowack and Sandra Mashihi provided “evidence-based answers”: Kenneth Nowack “Poorly-designed 360-degree feedback assessments and interventions can increase disengagement and contribute to poor individual and team performance.” Individuals can “experience strong discouragement and frustration” when feedback is not as affirming as anticipated. In addition, […]

Attractive Men May Appear Competent, But May Not Be Hired

Previous blog posts documented bias favouring attractive people for hiring, venture funding, and positive impressions by others. Capable but less attractive individuals may encounter “workplace attractiveness discrimination,” reported Sun Young Lee of University College London, University of Maryland’s Marko Pitesa, Madan Pillutla of London Business School, and INSEAD’s Stefan Thau. Their studies found that people making […]

Plastic Surgery Changes Perceived Personality Traits

People often infer others’ personality attributes from visual cues, called facial profiling by Georgetown University Hospital’s Michael J. Reilly, Jaclyn A. Tomsic and Steven P. Davison, collaborating with Stephen J. Fernandez of MedStar Health Research Institute.This cognitive shortcut can lead to biased impressions and limited opportunities for those unfavorably judged. These researchers asked raters to evaluate photographs of 30 […]

Defining Elusive Elements of “Executive Presence”

Communication, “Gravitas”, and Appearance were most-frequently cited attributes of Executive Presence in a study by Sylvia Ann Hewlett of the Center for Talent Innovation. Interviews with 34 professionals, conducted by Perspex Consulting’s Gavin Dagley and Cadeyrn J. Gaskin, formerly of Deakin University, identified more elements than Hewitt’s proposed triad of qualities. Most executives described as having “presence” were […]

Acknowledge Potential Employer “Concerns” about Gender, Attractiveness to Get Job Offer

Although physically attractive people enjoy the advantage of others’ positive impressions, women applying for jobs in traditionally male jobs may be disadvantaged by female gender and attractive appearance. The “beauty is beastly effect” is a hiring bias favoring men or less attractive women for “masculine” jobs, described by Yale University’s Madeline E. Heilman and Lois R. Saruwatari. They […]

Gender Transitions Demonstrate Continuing Gender Differences in Pay, Workplace Experience

People who change gender demonstrate the impact of gender on workplace experience and compensation, while holding constant the person’s education and experience. Two Stanford professors’ experience in gender transition highlight findings by University of Chicago’s Kristen Schilt. Stanford’s Joan Roughgarden, was an evolutionary biologist for more than 25 years as Jonathan Roughgarden before she made […]

Attractiveness Bias in Groups

Individuals were rated as more attractive when they were observed in a group rather than alone, reported University of California, San Diego’s Drew Walker and Edward Vul. The perceptual system “computes” a statistical summary representation of “an ensemble” – a group – and is biased toward perceiving the ensemble average as attractive, they wrote. Individuals are […]

How Accurate are Personality Judgments Based on Physical Appearance?

-*How accurate are inferences made from other people’s appearance, including facial expression, posture, and clothing? Sonoma State University’s Laura Naumann, with Simine Vazire then of Washington University in St. Louis, teamedwith University of Cambridge’s Peter Rentfrow, and Samuel Gosling of University of Texas at Austin, to investigate this question. They asked volunteers to rate 10 personality traits, […]

“Self-Packaging” as Personal Brand: Implicit Requirements for Personal Appearance?

During the Depression of the 1930s in the US, motivational writer Napoleon Hill laid the foundation for “personal positioning,” described nearly forty-five years later by marketing executives Al Ries and Jack Trout in Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind. By 1997, business writer Tom Peters introduced “personal branding” as self-packaging that communicates an individual’s accomplishments and characteristics, including […]