A new study from United Kingdom’s Greene King finds that 51% of employers still judge potential hires based off their appearances. They are more likely to pass on someone with dirty clothes, tattoos and/or piercings.
The study surveyed 1,000 employers who directly handle interviews and new hires. Over half of those polled admit to having discriminated against an applicant based on their appearance. Meaning, it didn’t matter if a potential hire had an incredible resume, their looks sank their chances.
Breaking it down further, 43% said they rejected an applicant due to visible tattoos while 40% turned someone down over their attire.
Hair even played a role in job rejections, with 30% of hiring managers admitting that they passed on someone due to their hair color.
Greene King HR director Andrew Bush wasn’t thrilled with the study’s findings. “Employers should be open-minded and hire people based on potential, rather than just appearance,” he said. “Unfortunately, our research shows many businesses still judge a book by its cover.”
The study also found that 9 out of 10 hiring managers believe that applicants should dress professionally for an interview. However, if the applicant is under the age of 24, nearly 60% say they will be more lenient.
That said, if you want to increase your chances of getting hired, put your best foot — and suit — forward.