How Wearing Glasses Can Help You Succeed at Your Next Big Interview
Have you got a big interview on the horizon? You may be surprised at just how much of a difference wearing glasses could make. And if you don’t require corrective lenses? Why not invest in a pair of clear eyeglasses to give you the gravitas you’re looking for – and hopefully help you bag the job?
Famous Interviewers – and Their Eyeglasses
The idea that glasses can denote gravity and intelligence is supported by the fact that so many of the most famous tv interviewers of all time have sported iconic eyewear. Take Sir David Frost, who famously grilled former president Richard Nixon in 1977 in an interview that has gone down in history. Sir David typically wore dark-colored suits for his interviews and his ever-present pair of very thin-rimmed gold-framed eyeglasses.
Oprah Winfrey is also a heavyweight interviewer, bagging a session with the then-King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in 1993 that pulled in over sixty-two million viewers around the world when it aired on ABC. Winfrey is known for her distinctive eyewear style, which tends to feature oversized black cat’s eye or square-framed specs, often with customized embellishments.
And finally, Martin Bashir, the interviewer who secured the now-controversial discussion with Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1995, is also rarely seen without his pair of black-framed spectacles that have a hint of the classic Clubmaster browline shape.
Should I Wear Clear Glasses to My Interview?
Recent research by the College of Optometrists demonstrated that around 33% of respondents thought that wearing glasses makes people look more professional, with 43% of respondents stating that glasses make the wearer look smarter.
Given this, many interviewees are now choosing to wear clear glasses to their interviews to help them come across as the perfect candidate. And with so many ranges of stylish, clear glasses on the market right now, your next interview could be a great opportunity to experiment with some new eyewear styles, too.
Which Style of Glasses Should I Wear for an Interview?
So now we’ve established that wearing glasses may give you the edge in an interview situation; what style of eyewear should you choose for the best possible effect? In general, it’s best to choose a pair of specs that have a classic style, so there’s less risk of them quickly dating. This can also help boost your classy credentials!
It’s also important to avoid frames that are overly flamboyant and to choose a frame style and shape that flatter your face. When opting for your new glasses, remember the general rule: the frame shape should contrast with, rather than mirror, the shape of your face. So if you have an angular face shape, go for round or oval frames; those with a round face shape should choose angular frame shapes, such as rectangle or octagonal. It’s also a good idea to check if you’re opting for a larger frame to ensure that it’s not too big for your face. The curve of the outer frame shouldn’t extend beyond the edge of your cheeks.
More Interview Hacks to Give You the Edge
There are lots of things you can do to help you give a memorable (for all the right reasons!) interview. Take the time to make sure you’ve got the basics covered: this means being well groomed, doing your homework on the company and role you’re interviewing for, and being prepared with a few relevant personal anecdotes or stories to up your likeability factor.
In most interviews, there’s a stage where the interviewer will ask if the interviewee has any questions. This is a golden opportunity that is, all too often, lost. Instead of answering in the negative, take some time to think beforehand about a couple of great questions that will engage the interviewer and help you stick in their mind.
Remembering and using the interviewer’s name throughout the session is also an easy but powerful way to make a positive impression.
Why Wearing Glasses to Your Next Interview Could Bag You the Job
The research is in, and it’s clear: those who wear glasses are generally perceived as being more professional and intelligent than their counterparts. So if you have an interview on the horizon and want to do absolutely everything possible to secure the job, why not consider adding a pair of clear glasses to your business look? As well as helping you get the role, you may just discover a previously unknown affinity for eyewear!