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9:58 am - 05/01/2012
Overweight women are being discriminated against when applying for jobs and receive lower starting salaries than their skinny colleagues, according to a new study.

Monash University, together with the University of Hawaii, examined whether a recently developed measure of anti-fat prejudice, the universal measure of bias (UMB), predicted workplace discrimination against obese people.

Lead researcher Kerry O'Brien, from the School of Political and Social Inquiry, said the nature of the study initially was concealed from the participants to avoid biased results.

Participants were shown a series of resumes that had a small photo of the supposed job applicant attached, and were asked to make ratings of the applicants' suitability, starting salary and employability.

"We used pictures of women pre-and post-bariatric surgery, and varied whether participants saw a resume that had a picture of an obese female attached, or the same female but in a normal weight range having undergone bariatric surgery," Dr O'Brien said.

"We found that obesity discrimination was displayed across all selection criteria, such as starting salary, leadership potential and likelihood of selection for the job."

The higher a participant's score on the UMB, the more likely they were to discriminate against obese candidates.

Dr O'Brien said one interpretation of this finding might be that we feel better about our own bodies if we compare ourselves to, and discriminate against, fatter people.

"The results suggest that a belief in the superiority of some individuals over others is related to the perception that obese individuals deserve fewer privileges and opportunities than non-fat individuals," he said.

He said the findings show that there is a clear need to address obesity discrimination, particularly against females, who tend to bear the brunt of anti-fat prejudice.


mysticlady3 1st-May-2012 12:09 am (UTC)
How was it? Any tips, cause I have one tomorrow.
maianarisa 1st-May-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Good luck!

Mine was ok, but I'm fairly certain someone else will get it. :(
My tip is basically think about potential questions and how you would answer them. What kind of job did you apply to?
mysticlady3 1st-May-2012 12:38 am (UTC)
At Macy's, part time retail associate.
lone_concertina 1st-May-2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Okay, ignore my part about office culture. :)
mysticlady3 1st-May-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
LOL what questions should I ask. What kind of things should I research about Macy's?
theguindo 1st-May-2012 02:51 am (UTC)
Is it a group interview? I've been to a Macy's group interview before so I have a few tips for that.
lone_concertina 1st-May-2012 12:54 am (UTC)
Let your real personality show. The first interview is almost always more about matching your personality with the office culture than anything else, while the second tends to delve more into your qualifications and skills.

Don't ask about pay or benefits unless they bring it up.

Make sure you have three great questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview. I have a list of about 10 that I cycle through depending on how the interview went, but it mostly needs to revolve around showing you've prepared for the interview by researching the company and how you'd fit into it.
bellichka 1st-May-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
omg would you care to share those ten questions lol
lone_concertina 1st-May-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
1. How is success measured in this role? (makes you look results-oriented)
2. Is it a new position or is it being backfilled? (gives you an idea of the timeline for hiring and the opportunity to ask if the person who was in it before was promoted)
3. What are the opportunities for advancement, including education and promotions? (makes you look ambitious and upwardly mobile within the company)
4. What other positions would you be working with on a regular basis and how do the roles interact? (makes you look like a team player)
5. Why do you enjoy working at [the company]? (makes you look invested in their office culture)
6. What's an average day like for this position and what sort of challenges would I face? (makes you look introspective)
7. How would I support your role in this job? (only ask if the interviewer would be your supervisor)
8. http://www.askamanager.org/2009/12/great-question-to-ask-your-interviewer.html
9. What is your hiring timeline? (keeps you from wondering what happened if you don't hear from them for two weeks)
10. If the interview has gone really well and you feel confident, ask if they have any hesitations about you being the perfect person for the job. That gives you a chance to clear up any misconceptions they have about you and didn't ask. And it forces them to think about how great you are.

Honestly, I interview so much that I feel like I should be a career coach instead of my current career path. I always get complimented on my interview skills and how well I present myself but my last job shit talks me and no one will hire me for it.
mysticlady3 Not OP but...1st-May-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for this.
cruel_disorder 1st-May-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
This is great, thanks so much!
kaowolfie 1st-May-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
omg, thank you. I NEVER know what to say, beyond asking what the timeline is.

*saves this on her phone*

Also, seriously, have you thought about doing interview skills coaching? You might be able to pick up some cash that way.

Edited at 2012-05-01 04:20 am (UTC)
strandedinaber 1st-May-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Totally copying and pasting this for my next set of interviews. Thanks! These are fantastic.
bellichka OMG GURL17th-Aug-2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
So I bookmarked this when you commented. All SUCH amazing questions - I can't believe I never responded to you, I suck. Anyways, I used a whole bunch of these for two rounds of interviews I went through lately, and as of yesterday I got the job! For every question I asked they were like "that's a really good question," and I was like "BISH, I KNOW, lone_concertina TOLD ME WHAT TO ASK AND I PRINTED IT FROM THE INTERNET" lololol. Just wanted to say thank you, and I hope you're having luck in your job search despite your shit-talking ex-job ♥
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