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Are handsome men really discriminated against in interviews?

Occasionally you hear about a study and think, “They paid someone to do that?” That was our reaction when we found out about research released from the University College London and the University of Maryland claiming attractive men are discriminated against by same-sex employers during the interview process. Why? Because in some competitive work environments, they are perceived as a threat. (You hear that sound? It’s an orchestra of the world’s smallest violins.)

We covered the study when it was initially released, with a heavy dose of skepticism. After all, previous research has shown that handsome men clean up at pretty much everything: Dating, long-term career success, the 1960 televised presidential debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

But curious to hear from handsome men themselves, we hit up that highly professional tradition known as “happy hour” and talked with guys about their experiences in the hiring process. Here’s what they told us.

Are handsome men really discriminated against in interviews?

Occasionally you hear about a study and think, “They paid someone to do that?” That was our reaction when we found out about research released from the University College London and the University of Maryland claiming attractive men are discriminated against by same-sex employers during the interview process. Why? Because in some competitive work environments, they are perceived as a threat. (You hear that sound? It’s an orchestra of the world’s smallest violins.)

We covered the study when it was initially released, with a heavy dose of skepticism. After all, previous research has shown that handsome men clean up at pretty much everything: Dating, long-term career success, the 1960 televised presidential debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

But curious to hear from handsome men themselves, we hit up that highly professional tradition known as “happy hour” and talked with guys about their experiences in the hiring process. Here’s what they told us.

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