Hell No: Wearing This Could Help You Get a Job
New, disappointing—but annoyingly, not at all shocking—research out of Paris-Sorbonne University proves that women who wear low-cut tops are more likely to score job interviews. No, we're not joking. Yes, it's 2016.
The researchers spent three years applying to 400 jobs within the sales and accounting industry using two similar female applications. Both were equally qualified, but one applicant sported a low-cut dress in her photo, while the other covered up. The results are more than a little disheartening: In sales, the low-cut dress applicant was offered 62 more interviews than the more modestly-dressed applicant, compared to 68 more interviews in accounting, making the woman with cleavage 19 times more likely to score an interview. Sigh.
"Our results showed interesting trends as low-cut dresses significantly influenced the choice of the recruiters, even for accounting positions," explained researcher 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."
While the study didn't point out whether the hiring managers were guys or women, the results still point to a disappointing tendency for professionals to judge women on their appearance rather than their skills. Dr. Kertechian called the study "shocking and negative," and TBH, we couldn't agree more.