To Get An Interview For A Woman To Be A Better Resume Without A Photo – Part 3 of 3
Hamermesh wasn’t convinced of the hypothesis, noting that the women worrying to fill the open position were unlikely to work in the same division as the applicant, attractive or not. “The researchers were not able to really test this. It was just an absorbing hypothesis”.
It’s true that in most previous studies of labor-market outcomes, attractive women have come out on top. “But other studies have found evidence of the Bimbo Effect”.
In a 1998 study, Hamermesh and co-author Jeff Biddle found that upright looks enhanced the likelihood that a male attorney would make partner early, but reduced that likelihood for the most attractive women. While attractive women received fewer callbacks, those who impel it to the interview stage still might land the job, the study said. The resume-screener might not be the interviewer, and even if they are one and the same, the “pretty woman” bias might fade during a face-to-face interview. Still, “women are better off not including a photo with their resumes”.