Examining the impact of applicant smoking and vaping habits in job interviews

Legally protected characteristics such as race, gender, or sexual orientation cannot be used by companies to discriminate against job applicants. However, regardless of the presence or absence of formal protections, many biases seep through based on hiring managers’ personal subjectivity—indeed, surface level cues like body piercings, tattoos, and smoking can negatively impact applicants’ job prospects.

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