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do looks help?

DrWily

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    Just wondering if being a very attractive student helps (female), during the interview at all? Someone had made a joke about hot girls getting in, just wondering if it may be a little help lol, since most pre-meds are somewhat nerdyish?? ;)

    Vain much.

    Lol, it (probably) won't help. I'd like to think that being easy on the eyes may give you a point or two, but in my interview, I had two female and one male interviewers.... so being a female in that ratio probably wouldn't score you any points.
     
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    Badgers326

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      Just wondering if being a very attractive student helps (female), during the interview at all? Someone had made a joke about hot girls getting in, just wondering if it may be a little help lol, since most pre-meds are somewhat nerdyish?? ;)

      The biggest mistake you can do during an interview is dressing inappropriate. I definitely saw some girls that thought they were the hottest thing ever and looked out of place and not professional. They will remember that and it won't be favorable review.
       

      Iliketoytles

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        lol not vain, i didn't say I was the attractive student;) ... just a hypothetical situation lol

        Actually... in your other thread, you did mention you fit the so-cal, surfer mold and would have no problem finding a lab partner.

        As good as you may think you look, there are tons of "nerdyish" girls out there who are just as good looking as you might be... and who aren't banking on their looks to give them an advantage. They can also hold their own in intelligent discussions... so it's not like that cringing feeling when Kim Kardashian tries to act smart and philosophical. Just sayin'.

        Oh, and did ya'll know there's actually an R2D2 swim suit? Niiicee...
         

        ChaiMeow

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          It depends actually. Mostly I would agree it helps but there are definitely situations where it doesn't...and this is in highly intellectual circles. In my experience successful women in science and medicine sport very natural looks. Make-up and accentuating clothing tends to draw negative attention...like one is compensating for something in the brain department. This has just been my experience, but I thought it was worthy of mentioning in this discussion.
           

          drshark

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            Actually... in your other thread, you did mention you fit the so-cal, surfer mold and would have no problem finding a lab partner.

            As good as you may think you look, there are tons of "nerdyish" girls out there who are just as good looking as you might be... and who aren't banking on their looks to give them an advantage. They can also hold their own in intelligent discussions... so it's not like that cringing feeling when Kim Kardashian tries to act smart and philosophical. Just sayin'.

            Oh, and did ya'll know there's actually an R2D2 swim suit? Niiicee...

            touché ;)
             

            DocEspana

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              There is nowhere in this world that looks do not help...If someone tells you otherwise, I will wonder in which planet they have been.

              this is 100% what I was going to say.

              Unprofessional appearance will disqualify you, but anything you can do to look more attractive than the next candidate (while remaining 100% professional) will definitely score you some (subtle) points. It's a factor. Not huge in any way. But a small factor still has some weight.
               
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                this is 100% what I was going to say.

                Unprofessional appearance will disqualify you, but anything you can do to look more attractive than the next candidate (while remaining 100% professional) will definitely score you some (subtle) points. It's a factor. Not huge in any way. But a small factor still has some weight.

                Within limits. I think really attractive females may have a double-edged sword - I would probably try to over-compensate with conservative attire.

                Very attractive women will often be taken less seriously even as they are offered more opportunities. They will also draw the ire of many female coworkers if they do not work twice as hard to appear professional (and sometimes still will).

                There's almost no downside to being an attractive male.
                 

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                  There has been a recent research suggesting that attractive females are actually at a disadvantage when looking to be hired in a very professional setting. If I remember it correctly (and I will try to find the original source shortly) initially the researchers thought that maybe that has to do with the (apparently) common view that more attractive females are generally not as intelligent.. But upon digging further, they found that there was no bias in the perceived intelligence of attractive females, but rather that hiring departments tend to be dominated by women and so the bias could be attributed to the fact that women generally prefer to hire females who are less attractive...due to maybe jealousy...?
                   

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                    Yes, being good looking can help you in many areas of life. There is such thing as the halo effect.

                    For interviews I would think it would help if your interviewer is male. For example, when I interviewed at LECOM Erie, one of the male interviewers was very obviously infatuated with the girl sitting next to me (she was cute, I admit). Most of his questions were directed to her (even though it was a group interview) and he even winked at her a few times. He did this to no one else. I was very irritated at the time.

                    At the same time, I would think that dressing inappropriately in any way would definitely hurt you.
                     

                    DocEspana

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                      Yup, assuming you're an attractive male well over 6'0".

                      Less true in medicine though than the business world. You probably would still have a better shot running the hospital than a shorter average looking guy.

                      5'11", but I have that Spanish charm. I will run that hospital yet!
                       
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                        Unless you have long hair and an accent Im not buying it!

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                        LaEsponja

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                          Being easy on the eyes doesn't hurt, but intentionally dressing attractively will hurt you for reasons posted previously. I'm a bit above average and intentionally toss the contacts and don the glasses in order to add a bit of "smarts" to the appearance. Dressing conservatively and having your beauty naturally accented is always the way to go in a professional setting.

                          The key factor when attractive: attitude. An attractive person combined with a good attitude= WINNING. Also = me :D
                           
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