Wearing glasses ‘can boost your job prospects’

January 4th, 2011 - 1:35 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 4 (ANI): Wondering what is the sure-shot way to get a job? Well, wearing you glasses to the interview might help, suggests a new UK study.

The research has found that people are more likely to get a job if they wear glasses to their interview.

According to the College of Optometrists study, a third of British adults think glasses make someone look more professional and 43 per cent think glasses make people look more intelligent.

However, it is because of an old stereotype that people develop bad eyesight by reading a lot, say experts.

“It’s great to see a shift in how we perceive glasses. However, it’s important to remember that regardless of fashion trends, wearing spectacles is about seeing clearly and comfortably - not just appearance,” the Telegraph quoted Susan Blakeney, Optometric Advisor to the College of Optometrists, as saying.

Cary Cooper, of the Lancaster University, said some people may have more self confidence when they wear glasses.

“It is not surprising that businesses want to employ intelligent staff but the idea that intelligent people wear glasses is an old stereotype that has not gone away,” he said.

“In fact, glasses are a poor indication of intelligence because you can have bad eyesight for a number of reasons and then choose to wear contact lenses.

“It is possible that some people have more self confidence and change their behaviour when they put on glasses, which could in itself improve their chances at interview,” he added. (ANI)

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