Maria Agthe and her team had 400 students appraise one of four job candidates based on his or her CV, with their photo attached. Although the detailed CVs suggested all the candidates were equally qualified for the job, appearances affected the results. Participants judging a candidate of the opposite sex showed the positive bias you'd expect for highly attractive candidates, being more likely to recommend them for the job. By contrast, participants judging a same-sex candidate showed the opposite pattern, exhibiting a negative bias towards same-sex good lookers. This pattern was mediated partially by the desire for social contact with the candidates - that is, participants were more likely to say they wanted to work with and be friends with opposite-sex beauties, but showed the opposite pattern for good-looking, same-sex candidates. Men and women were similarly prone to negative bias against attractive specimens of their own sex (the effect size was -.5 and -.39, respectively).
But there's a twist: The participants who had the highest self esteem did not discriminate against same sex candidates. What I would like to know: What attributes caused the high self esteem? Good looks? High status background? Personality?
What would also be interesting: Do male and female homosexuals discriminate against same sex or opposite sex beautiful people?
Also, should a company use very high self esteem people to do job interviewing? On the one hand, such people will not discriminate against good looking people of the opposite sex. But will they do a generally better or worse job of choosing employees?
Personnel decisions are crucial to the success of organizations. Yet we do not understand well enough how to make optimal choices.
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