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Women who wear low-cut tops on job applications 19 times more likely to get interview

Sarah Knapton
Category: It`s interesting to know 
2016-06-30

Wearing a low-cut dress in a job application photograph dramatically increases a woman’s chances of receiving an interview, new research suggests.

 

A French study showed female applicants were 19 times more successful in securing job interviews when pictured in revealing clothing rather than more conservative attire.

 

The research carried out in Paris found that women stood a much greater chance of earning job interviews for both sales and accounting roles.


Dr Sevag Kertechian, a researcher based at Paris-Sorbonne University in the French capital, is to reveal the full findings of his study at the Appearance Matters Conference - the world’s largest event on body image and disfigurement - being held between Tuesday and Thursday.

The conference will see more than 200 appearance experts from across the world tackle issues including weight loss surgery, eating disorders and ‘ultra-thin’ dolls.

Dr Kertechian decided to research the impact clothing had on the recruitment process after realising it had never been studied.

As job advertisements came up over a period of three years he put two women forward for the roles.


Both have similar looks and near identical skills and experience on their CVs but were dressed differently in their application photographs with one wearing a low-cut dress and the other in round neck clothing.

Each woman was forwarded for 100 roles wearing the revealing outfit and 100 jobs in the more traditional clothing, to ensure the experiment was fair.

Dr Kertechian found the applicant wearing the low-cut dress captured the attention of the recruiters more successfully.

Among the 200 sales role applications, the low-cut dress submissions received 62 more interview offers than their counterparts.


From the 200 accountancy applications there were 68 more interview offers for the more provocatively-dressed candidate.

“Our results showed interesting trends as low-cut dresses significantly influenced the choice of the recruiters, even for accounting positions," said Dr Kertechian.

"Regardless of the job, whether customer-facing saleswoman or office-based accountant the candidate with the low cut clothing received more positive answers.

“The results were quite shocking and negative but not necessarily surprising – they show we need to conduct more research.”

Among the academics presenting their work at the conference will be Dr Amy Slater, whose study found young girls reported heightened body dissatisfaction after playing a children's internet ‘makeover’ game for just 10 minutes.

Academics, clinicians, practitioners and policy makers involved in research and the provision of care for people with appearance-related concerns will descend on the conference to update their knowledge, engage in debate, share ideas and network with others working in the field.


 

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