Some advantage, but being presentable and profession, and especially speaking well are more important than facial features/fitness. Have you ever seen Seth Rogan? Compare how he looks when he's receiving an award to how he looks when he's pretending to be a schmuck in Knocked Up? Which version do you think would get more respect from the average interviewer?
The bias is probably higher for low level jobs where attractive staff add to the atmosphere (elite bars/resturants) and lower for jobs that require a particular skill set (accounting, nuclear physicist).
Most jobs are pretty neutral -- teacher, clerk, medical staff, IT person -- you need the skills and you need to not look like a slob. But your actual looks don't matter so much.
Yes I think this is true. I used to work in a restaurant and one manager said he always put me in the front because I attract customers. I got treated well by most people but my good attitude and skills helped a lot too. I don't know how things would have worked if I only had a pretty face and no skills and didn't show up to work, but I'm not gonna act like being cute has nothing to do with it. we live in a shallow world and looks are an advantage
At an interview, I was told that I have a nice face.
But, also that I was shy and didn't have the right experience for the job.
I worked at a dress shop and don't focus on the way I look too much. They made comments about how I should dress up more. They also complimented my looks a few times, as in natural. My other coworkers would work on their physical appearance, nicer clothes, etc. They wanted me to more. Which was lame.
I was at this pie place the other day, and all the waiters looked like male models. My friends and I joked that you needed to be good looking to qualify working there.