Sex and physical attractiveness of raters and applicants as determinants of resumé evaluations

Robert L. Dipboye, Richard D. Arvey, David E. Terpstra

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Abstract

110 male and female student "interviewers," classified as either high, moderate, or low on physical attractiveness, evaluated 12 bogus job applicants for whom sex, physical attractiveness, and qualifications had been varied. A 2 × 3 × 2 × 3 × 2 analysis of variance was computed, with the 1st 2 variables (interviewer sex and attractiveness) constituting between-group factors, and the last 3 variables (applicant sex, attractiveness, and qualifications) constituting repeated measures factors. Regardless of interviewer sex and attractiveness, highly qualified applicants were preferred over poorly qualified applicants, male applicants were preferred over female applicants, and attractive candidates were preferred over unattractive candidates. Discrimination in employment decisions was attributed to sex-role and physical attractiveness stereotypes. (23 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-294
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1976

Keywords

  • sex & physical attractiveness of raters & applicants, resume evaluations, college student interviewers

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