A career coach has issued a warning to ‘really hot’ people searching for jobs – insisting that they will have more difficulty being hired because of their looks.
Mandy Tang, from Oregon, is an expert at helping people find their perfect job as she frequently shares advice on her TikTok. Most recently, she debunked pretty privilege by detailing the struggles beauties face while on the hunt for a job.
In a viral video, which has amassed more than 141,000 views, the expert revealed that ‘traditionally attractive’ candidates face more bias during job interviews.
Mandy Tang, from Oregon, has issued a warning to ‘really hot’ people searching for jobs – insisting that they will have more difficulty being hired because of their looks
In a viral video, which has amassed more than 141,000 views, the expert revealed that ‘traditionally attractive’ candidates face more bias during job interviews (stock image)
She began the video by sharing the common assumptions made by employers when attractive candidates arrive for interviews.
‘Oh, she’s like phenomenally beautiful – that’s annoying and I bet she’s a b****,’ the career coach said before adding that while this is a ‘niche’ topic, she wanted to share it in case it ‘helps’ one of her more than 7,000 followers.
‘If you are applying for a job, and you’re making it to the final round, and you happen to be traditionally very attractive, you have to watch out because there’s actually going to be a bias against you,’ Mandy explained.
The career expert added that she ‘knows candidates’ who have experienced the cons of being attractive in the business world.
She then explained that if you are a ‘really hot’ interviewee, then you should ‘go the other direction,’ and attempt to make the interviewer interested in your personality.
‘You actually have to go the other direction and play it like really warm and down to earth,’ Mandy said.
She began the video by sharing the common assumptions made by employers when attractive candidates arrive for interviews
‘[So] people feel they are getting a sense of who you are and not just this perfectly polished version because polish is not what people hire,’ Mandy explained at the end of her video.
Many viewers agreed with the career coach and even offered advice to others to help land the job, despite being attractive.
‘Especially with women, I tone down the hair and makeup a lot more. Don’t want them to resent me. Men – I tend to exaggerate my features a bit,’ one user said.
Another user added: ‘Yes I do always wear my glasses and a fairly simple outfit and barely any makeup. Then the first day I walk in all glammed up.’
‘I’ve read that if you have glasses, wear them to interview,’ someone else wrote.
‘I always wear my glasses and bring up my outdoor activities during interviews. I hate that it works,’ one user said.
Many viewers agreed with the career coach and even offered advice to others to help land the job, despite being attractive
However, other social media users rolled their eyes at those who complained about being too attractive, and claimed that the beauties had an advantage in life.
‘There is a large body of research suggesting that attractiveness has a strong positive effect on your chance of being hired,’ one user said.
Another user added: ‘Wait this is so untrue. A lot of people are more drawn to attractive people in these types of situations.’
‘I feel like it’s easier to get hired, but more difficult to be promoted,’ someone else said.
In the past, another woman detailed the ‘curse’ of being pretty.
However, other social media users rolled their eyes at those who complained about being too attractive, and claimed that the beauties had an advantage in life
Shye Lee, 29, from Orlando, Florida, made it her mission to debunk the idea that those who are attractive are treated better, claiming in a series of viral videos that she is regularly ‘judged’ unfairly because of her appearance.
In a viral TikTok video, Shye breaks down the cons of being an attractive woman.
‘Pretty girl privilege is one of the dumbest things to ever exist. Let’s list the privileges – free drinks, probably free entry somewhere, maybe end up in a VIP section, maybe attract like a rich guy, like an athlete or rapper, but those are pretty much the privileges,’ she said.
‘Pretty girls are never taken serious at their job or anything that has to do with being well educated, by default they think that they’re not capable of understanding.’
The hashtag #PrettyPrivilege has amassed more than 310 million views, with thousands of users saying pretty people are gifted with free items and other perks, and while the phenomenon has been debated, Shye and Mandy have stood firm in their opinion that being pretty is far from a blessing, especially when it comes to business.
New York-based psychologist Kristen Roman told DailyMail.com:
‘Pretty privilege refers to the idea that people who are more physically attractive are automatically perceived positively in other ways, referred to as a “halo effect.” This means that physically attractive people might be assumed to be smarter, more competent, and more likeable, and this can be associated with being treated better.
‘There is evidence that this affects advancement in the workplace, including being more likely to get promoted or make more money. Given that our physical appearance is one of the first things people experience when we meet them, it makes sense that it has a strong impact on others’ perception of us, especially early on.
‘There is evidence that a bias towards beauty exists in cultures around the world, not just ours, although each culture’s definition of beauty is different.
‘While research demonstrates that being attractive can be associated with positive outcomes, this doesn’t mean it also doesn’t come with negatives.
‘When we have limited information about someone, it is human nature to make snap judgments about them in order to try to best navigate the situation. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads us to wrongly assume things. It is also a common phenomenon for people to dislike or tear down those who have something they want.’