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Interview Advice - Glasses or Contacts?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by AceRockolla, Dec 13, 2001.

  1. AceRockolla

    AceRockolla Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Hi Everyone, I have my first interview at Colorado on Monday and I have a minor dilemma on my hands. I know this may sound trivial/narcissistic/vain, but I cannot decide if I should wear my glasses or contacts to the interview. I wear glasses 99% of the time, but in the photograph I sent to the school I am wearing my contacts. In fear of looking like a fake or looking like old man Rockolla, I thought it would be wise to wear my contacts, but since I wear glasses almost exclusively, I would likely feel more comfortable in glasses. What would you do? :confused: :cool:

    Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  3. Mystique

    Mystique The Procrastinator 7+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2001
    Just wear your glasses! In all honesty, it doesn't matter. Just go with what you wear 99% of the time, so you don't experience any discomforts w/ the contacts. If they're going to be so shallow that they make a decision based on your eyewear preferences, they're not worth your time.

    Just my 2 cents...
  4. locitamd

    locitamd Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2001
    If you wear glasses 99& of the time, go with those. You'll be more comfortable and that will come through in the interview. Interviews are stressful enough and you don't want to add any unnecessary discomfort or stress. Med schools understand that many people take off their glasses for photos, and won't be surprised (or suspicious) to find you wearing them the day of the interview.

    Congrats and good luck on the interview.
  5. DesperatelySeekingMD

    DesperatelySeekingMD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Definitely wear the glasses if that is what you are most comforable one of my interviews while the dean of students was speaking to us, one of the girls started tearing up and playing with her eyes and moving her contacts around in them while both of her eyes became bloodshot ...everyone was looking and the you could tell that the Dean was also bothered by it, because he lost his train of thought a couple of times. I felt bad for her, but the whole thing was really ridiculous.
    The best advice for an interview is be yourself and be comfortable...
  6. CoffeeCat

    CoffeeCat SDN Angel 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    Wear glasses! Not only will you be more comfortable, but I think people unconsciously might think someone in glasses is more intelligent. It would be an interesting psych experiment to see whether or not people are judged more intellectual based on their eye-wear! Good luck.
  7. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    C'mon people--some in this forum are worried about not getting any interviews, period.

    Glasses vs. contacts is totally an issue of personal preference and, as such, should remain a personal issue. . . ;)
  8. ckent

    ckent Banned Banned

    Jul 31, 2000
    I agree with the previous posters, glasses do make you look more intelligent and older or more mature (which is a good thing). If I didn't need to wear glasses, I would probably buy a fake pair and wear them all the time too because they also provide excellent eye protection.
  9. jase133

    jase133 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    North of the 49 deg

    That was what got me rejected last year at the interview stage... =)

    Jokes aside, I'm serious.
  10. YBee

    YBee Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2001
    I don't think it will make a difference in whether or not you are accepted.
  11. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2001
    The Big House
    Perhaps wearing both will give you super vision and you'll be able to see through your interviewer's clothes and note the type of underwear they're wearing. Armed with that knowledge, you can blackmail them into accepting you on the spot (after they go and get the Dean of admissions and both come back to accept you). Make sure you post the intricate details. Take care --Trek

    PS: It doesn't matter.
  12. Atlas

    Atlas Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Columbus, OH
    Glasses make you look smarter. I mean, without my glasses I don't look bright at all! With them, I at least LOOK like a supergenious!!! Go with spectacles.
  13. colorado_1

    colorado_1 Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    well, it depends . . . which will make you a better doctor -- glasses or contacts? if glasses or conatacts is your biggest worry and you can't decide for yourself, i just wonder how questions you'll have to ask other physicians before you can treat a case of strep throat.

    look, i know i'm being a jerk, i just want to discourage the "what should i wear" stuff from these boards.
  14. AceRockolla

    AceRockolla Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Thank you to everyone that replied. I realize how trivial the whole thing is now and I think I will wear my glasses (or my glasses and contacts like Trek suggested :) ).

    GG16: I totally agree with you and I hope I haven't sounded too shallow. I know there are some people on this board that have much more important worries, so I hope I haven't offended anyone with my remarks.

    Colorado_1: Whoa, I am sorry I asked. I mentioned that it was a minor dilemma, but I guess I didn't make that clear enough. I haven't been losing any sleep over the question and I was just curious about what everyone else thought. If I offended you or anyone else, I apologize.
  15. KG

    KG Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2000
    Syracuse, NY USA
    Actually, I was wondering the same thing, should I get an interview! (Just thinking ahead here.) The more intelligent part I can go for, with the glasses, but I don't think I need to look any older or more mature! The problem with contacts is that I'm afraid my wrinkles would be too obvious! :)
  16. DNALadder2002

    DNALadder2002 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 21, 2001
    AceRockolla, I also wore contacts for pictures, but wore my glasses during interview and got in! So no worries.
  17. jase133

    jase133 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    North of the 49 deg
    i personally think you should look your best

    if that's with glasses, then go for it

    for those of us who wants to "get" in older/maturer/smarter look, doing it with glasses just isn't the way to do it.. it'll come across as not being genuine enough
  18. Jamier2

    Jamier2 SDN Hillbilly Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2001
  19. Szkwicz

    Szkwicz Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2001
    1 interview with glasses = waitlisted
    1 interview with contacts = acceptance on a full tuition scholarship.

    The contact lenses were key in my acceptance.

    In all honesty though, I fretted over the same thing--one one hand, everyone says I look older, more mature, and more like a doctor in glasses and that that would give interviewers a positive first impression of me.
    I usually wear contacts and am more comfortable in them.
    Go with what you're comfortable with...but it is possible that glasses are cursed and the key to victory lies in wearing contacts to your interview. Best of luck!
  20. lady in red

    lady in red Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2001
    San Francisco, CA
    i think for men--glasses hold up for the stereotype in general, but women are more judged on appearance than perceived intelligence. so if you had no preference, i'd say to with contacts; if glasses are more comfy, do NOT experiment with anything on the day of the interview.
  21. altaskier

    altaskier Altaholics Anonymous 92' 7+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2001
    Wear whatever you are used to wearing and whatever you are most comfortable in. It honestly doesn't make on bit of difference.

    Ever skied Alta?

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