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Bias against overweight job applicants: Further explorations of when and why

by Lisa M. Finkelstein, Rachel L Frautschy Demuth, Donna L. Sweeney
Human Resource Management ()
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Abstract

We investigated the impact of job candidate weight (average or overweight) on several job-related ratings following a videotaped mock interview. In addition to weight, we manipulated the race of the applicant, level of job qualifications, and type of job (e.g., public or private contact). We also measured the effect of rater race and negative affect on multiple work-relevant ratings. Weight, applicant race, job qualifications, and job type each had a modest but significant impact on ratings of hireability, performance capacity, adaptability, and interpersonal skills, in varying combinations.

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