Attractiveness, gender, aptitude: What effects on hiring for managerial, male and female sex-typed jobs

Eric Dose, Pascale Desrumaux, Sabine Pohl, Merielly Dornelas Muzi

Accepted August 31, 2019

First published August 31, 2019

https://doi.org/10.26387/bpa.285.3

Abstract

Many studies have shown that applicant attractiveness has a strong effect on hiring assessments and on
hiring decisions. However, these studies have rarely simultaneously measured the applicant’s aptitude and the job’s sextype
in the context of managerial jobs. This study investigated the role of stereotypes (applicant’s physical attractiveness
and gender) and of applicant’s aptitude on hiring decisions. Professional recruiters (N = 58) rated eight hypothetical
applicants based on their resume, which was varied according to a 2×2×2 design including three within-participants
variables (gender × attractiveness × high/moderate aptitude) and two between-participants variable (male/female job
sex-type; male/female recruiter). Recruiters used 9 scales to measure the applicant’s hirability, desirability and utility. The
analyses revealed significant main effects of applicant attractiveness and general mental abilities (GMA). For the male
sex-typed managerial job, men received higher ratings than women, and the opposite held for the female sex-typed
managerial job.

Attractiveness, gender, aptitude: What effects on hiring for managerial, male and female sex-typed jobs

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