There has been much controversy and debate about whether being attractive gives a person an advantage in life or better occupational success. As we've learned, physical attractiveness does affect our romantic relationships but does it also affect our careers?
Frustratingly enough, research says yes and no. A meta-analysis of multiple experimental studies found that "attractive" individuals were more successful than unattractive individuals in a number of social outcomes including popularity, dating experience, and physical health as well as initial job impressions. This can be attributed to the halo effect as more attractive people are perceived as having better job qualifications and intellectual competence. Professionals were just as susceptible as college students to the "biasing effect of attractiveness." In addition, it was found that men and women valued attractiveness on the same level. However, the correlation between attractiveness and occupational success may not be as strong as previously thought. The correlation was largest for social competence, intermediate for potency, and nearly zero for integrity and concern for others. Several researchers noted that although attractiveness may not be the most important element, it might be the deciding factor when employers are faced with job applicants that possess similar levels of qualifications or performance. One reason for this is due to both implicit personality theory and the lack of fit model. People assume that a person's attractiveness evokes stereotype-based expectation and are evaluated based on those expectations. Despite the fact, the magnitude of this biasing effect has been decreasing in recent years.
So, do you guys think that attractiveness can lead to better occupational success?