Facial Flaws Can Cost You The Job

appearance stereotypes interviews
appearance stereotypes interviews

By Kelly Eggers


It's no secret that keeping up appearances -- e.g. arriving clean-shaven and well-dressed for interviews -- is critical to success in a job hunt. However, what about the features out of your control? A new study from Rice University and the University of Houston finds that poor ratings in job interviews can be attributed to more than just poor attire or inarticulate answers.

In two separate studies, the university researchers found that job candidates who had facial blemishes, such as distinctive scars or port wine stains, fared worse in interview settings than those who didn't.