Use 1.67 and 1.74 High Index Lenses for Your Job Interviews
In a competitive marketplace, you need to be your best at an interview. This means doing your research on the company, practicing responses to common interview questions, arriving 20 minutes early, conducting yourself smoothly and confidently, and even practicing your handshake.
Another trick is using visualization techniques on the days prior to the interview. This involves imagining yourself going through and succeeding at the different parts of the interview. You might also try putting yourself in the interviewer’s shoes and imagining the type of candidate she or he is looking for. Practice being that perfect candidate. If this sounds like a lot of work, it also means you can get an edge over the many candidates who won’t put in the effort.
The Interviewing Benefits of the Right Eye-wear
Your appearance of course, is also important for interviewing success. In addition to appropriate conservative dress, your choice of eyeglasses can have a powerful effect on the impression you make with the interviewer. Glasses convey an impression of intelligence, which is always valued in employees. While there’s little correlation between the need for vision correction and intelligence, the eyeglass-wearing intellectual stereotype has kept this belief alive to this day. The right eye-wear also makes you appear more experienced and professional than your competitors with 20-20 vision.
How the Wrong Eye-wear Works Against You
Not any pair of glasses will do. The wrong pair may distract the interviewer and possibly convey the wrong impression. For example, if you require a strong prescription but are using standard glass or standard plastic lenses, then they’re the classic thick and heavy coke bottle lenses. The interviewer may assume from these glasses, that you’re a passive person, content with doing technical work or research, and poor at relating to people.
Thick lenses also distort the eyes, which is an unwanted distraction. This effect makes it difficult for the interviewer to read your non-verbal face and eye gestures. The interviewer may even strive to suppress stereotypical assumptions. However, this still distracts him or her away from what you’re saying and doing. After interviewing other candidates, the only thing of note the interviewer will remember about you, is your glasses.
Yet another problem with thick lenses is it limits your choices of frame styles. You don’t want to get saddled with a frame style that looks unprofessional and becomes a distraction in its own right.
Frame Style Tips for 1.67 and 1.74 High Index Lenses
Because high index lenses are lightweight and thin, you benefit from the previously mentioned positives of wearing glasses, and bypass the negatives of thick lenses. Both 1.67 and 1.74 high index lenses fit the frames commonly available to people with low to medium eye-wear prescriptions. For interviewing purposes, you should choose frame styles that don’t distract, yet instill confidence and professionalism. This means choosing conservative styles that consist of classic lens shapes such as rectangles, ovals, and almonds.
Frame colors can be silver, brown, gray, and black for men, and gold tones, brown, silver, burgundy, and coffee for women. Choose frames with a simple and uncomplicated design. Avoid frames that are thick, brightly colored, or have busy prints.
Avoid unusually small or large lenses. If the design looks edgy, it’s inappropriate. Rimless glasses are a good choice because they don’t draw attention to themselves. The conservatism of eye-wear styles for interviews makes sense because the rest of your attire is conservative.
Include an Anti-Reflective (AR) Coating
All high index lenses reflect a significant amount of light. While unwanted reflections interfere with clear vision, the reflections off your lenses also obscure your eyes from the interviewer. This again is a distraction, and prevents the person from perceiving your non-verbal eye expressions. For information about selecting high index eyeglasses that best suit your needs, please contact us.