Your CV – Photo or no Photo, that is the Question….

We like to think that we live in a world in which people are judged solely on merit and their ability to do a job. However, research has suggested we make our initial judgements of people after 1/10th of a second, so it is evident that all of us can show bias when judging someone, without even knowing it.

Much has been written about the importance of body language to interview success, but there are other, less well known factors which can have a subliminal influence on your chances of being successful at even securing the interview in the first place.

Our appearance isn’t an area we can make drastic changes to (barring plastic surgery!) but, unfortunately, it is what gives someone their initial impression of us.  Studies have shown that people perceive an attractive person as more intelligent, and more likely to succeed in life than an unattractive person, when all other evidence about them is equal[i]. This even held for teachers judging the intelligence of young children[ii]!....

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[i] Physical Attractiveness and Intellectual Competence: A Meta-Analytic Review Linda A. Jackson, John E. Hunter and Carole N. Hodge Social Psychology Quarterly Vol. 58, No. 2 (Jun., 1995), pp. 108-122

[ii] The Effect of Physical Attractiveness on Teacher Expectations Margaret M. Clifford and Elaine Walster  Sociology of Education Vol. 46, No. 2 (Spring, 1973), pp. 248-258

Voices (2)

  1. Dan:

    To photoshop or not to photoshop, that is the question….

  2. Ben Glynn:

    It is more common for candidates from outside UK to put their photo on their CV. British candidates tend not to. The only way in which I can think of where it is useful would be if a company is holding an assessment centre with several candidates and when they are reviewing it would be easier to remember an individual with their photo on CV!

    I do get to see some pretty hilarious photos in this job! Some wouldn’t look out of place on a dating website!

    Tip: Avoid “action shots” or pics with kids/ pets in them.. or posing next to your prize possession such as Porsche or Yacht!! I have seen some real beauties!!

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