One picture is worth…

…a thousend words saying.

The first impression of a person is very hard to change. Even if we know we caught the person on the wrong foot we hardly change our mind. Biologically this comes from the fact that our species learned to avoid being exploited or cheated by interpreting the signals other people are sending. In terms of a photo for a job application this means the impression of being able to work in a team or at least willing to work.

The fear that we are assessed by our photo first and second by our skills is real. That’s why a photo on an application from is already forbidden or at least a no go in some countries, e.g. USA. Even more, because a decision whether you get employed or booked based on a picture is discriminating. Continue reading