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Do job seekers’ clothes matter to hiring managers?

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Besides experience and education, there is apparently another key factor that interviewers look into when making decision whether to grant the applicant a face to face meeting- the way they dress.

As reported in the Daily Mail, a French study found female applicants were 19 times more successful in securing job interviews when pictured in revealing clothing rather than more conservative attire.

Lead researcher Dr Sevag Kertechian had two women with similar looks and near identical skills and experience dress differently in their application photographs.

One wore a low-cut dress while the other wore round neck clothing. Both photographs were submitted for consideration for 200 sales jobs and 200 accountancy jobs.

Among the sales role applications, the low-cut dress submissions received 62 more interview offers than her counterpart.

From the accountancy applications there were 68 more interview offers for the candidate with the more revealing outfit.

“Regardless of the job, whether customer-facing saleswoman or office-based accountant, the candidate with the low cut clothing received more positive answers. The results were quite shocking and negative but not necessarily surprising – they show we need to conduct more research,” Dr Kertechian told The Telegraph.

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