It may shock you how much we infer after only 100 milliseconds of looking at a person's face. In just that split second glance, we come to assumptions about attractiveness, likability, competence, trustworthiness and aggressiveness. For most people, this is a hard pill to swallow. For others, it can affect their day to day lives, and even if they get a job. But the science is hard to ignore. They say not judge a book by its cover, but that is exactly what we do.
We come to snap decisions just by looking at someone's clothing, their shoes, their watch. We make judgements based on a handshake, a person's weight, their gender, their teeth and whether or not they are wearing makeup. Scienctific research has covered a wide range of first impression biases, and EBI took a look at the ones that affect the hiring world. It is all compiled in an infographic about first impression biases.
Here is a look at some of the most stunning research:
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