blum0202: November 2011 Archives

Do looks really matter when being interviewed? The researchers at Rice University believe so. "Discrimination Against Facially Stigmatized Applicants in Interviews: An Eye-Tracking and Face-to-Face Investigation" was published online last month in the Journal of Applied Psychology and is one of the first studies to examine how individuals with facial blemishes fare in job interviews. The main focus of these tests surrounded the idea that the most important thing to do, that is, from and interviewers perspective, is to remember what the candidate is saying. That it is most important for them to stick out, but solely because of their words. Rice professor Mikki Hebl said that their research shows that if you recall less information about competent candidates because you are distracted by characteristics on their face, it decreases your overall evaluations on them due to the lack of attention to the words exchanged during the interview.
The research included two studies. The first involved 171 undergraduate students watching a computer-mediated interview while their eye activity was tracked consistently. After the completion of the interview each student was asked to recall general information about the candidate.
One professor states that, "when looking at another person during a conversation, your attention is naturally directed in a triangular pattern around the eyes and mouth...we tracked the amount of attention outside of this region and found that the more the interviewers attended to stigmatized features on the face, the less they remembered about the candidate's interview content, and the less memory they had about the content led to decreases in ratings of the applicant."
The second study consisted of face-to-face interviews with candidates who all had some type of facial birthmark and 38 managers enrolled in a hospitality management program, all who had extensive experience and training for classic one on one interviews. The bottom line is that no matter what the norm is and what each person's standards are, initially, and unfortunately, it is human nature to react negatively to facial stigma. The researchers main point was that since there have been many studies showing specific groups of people are discriminated against in the workplace, they however, have shown why it happens.

Allison Conner, Psy. D., did specific research on different couples and singles around the country and came up with a scientific and surprisingly somewhat emotional take on tips for dating, the most common mistakes, and how to avoid them. Conner came up with a top ten, and she states that all these mistakes are more than fixable. A couple of these steps include trying not to play games. At one point or another everyone fears rejection, and depriving your involvement may make you feel secure but this may make you come off as distant or detached. Another form of this would be lying to an individual to get into bed with them. Manipulation is obviously wrong and Conner says that its ok to be genuine and do not be afraid to be yourself and put your best foot forward.
Another topic was talking too much about your ex. Connor states that information on your ex is something that will eventually be shared in the relationship, but while still in the early stages it is bits and pieces of your past that should be left there. Connor says that bringing old baggage into a new relationship creates clutter.
A third piece of advice was what Conner called the "rush in, rush out". She asks her subjects if they rush into love or get overly involved much too soon. This leads to possibly leading your partner on or possibly getting yourself taken for a ride.
Lastly, in general, Conner says that if you have any of these conflicts, or any of the others that she has conjured up, its best if you notice and address them right away.

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