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- Oct 11, 2008
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I did a senior thesis project on plastic surgery and a big part of that involved "beauty bias." I strongly believe interviews (even for medical school) benefit the good looking. The literature supports that people associate basically every positive quality with good looking people, even if they don't know anything about them. You also have to consider that the bias isn't just present at interviews, but stretches back for the entire 20-30 years before the applicant ever shakes hand with the interviewer. That selection filter has been going on for way longer, and has allowed cumulative benefit to some people in getting elected to chair position, getting job offers, getting into lab, and yes - even getting better grades from professors. The issue is more nuanced than the A/B scenario OP put forward.
As far as people above mentioning that being very good looking might hurt - what you're referring to is the "bimbo effect" and the strongest study supporting it looked at how quickly recent law graduates advanced in their firms. They found there was a slight bias against very good looking women, but the article pointed out those people were more likely to get hired at firms in the first place.
Exactly, because attractiveness is based on a very primal template that we can't ignore or "unbias" ourselves against completely, despite what the PC answers before say. When we walk down the street and see someone, anyone, within a split second we know whether or not we're attracted to them, whether they are someone we'd like to approach or walk across the street from.
Look at the multitude of threads dedicated to interview clothing, grooming, etc... Looks matter, otherwise there wouldn't be such an emphasis on looking as well dressed and groomed as possible.