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Better sexy than flexy? A lab experiment assessing the impact of perceived attractiveness and personality traits on hiring decisions

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  • S. BAERT

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  • L. DECUYPERE

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In this letter we present a laboratory experiment to assess the relative and independent effect of perceived attractiveness and personality traits on hiring decisions. Our results indicate that attractiveness and conscientiousness, followed by emotional stability, are important drivers of recruiters’ decisions.

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Paper provided by Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in its series Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium with number 13/868.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:rug:rugwps:13/868

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