This is what men think if you wear make-up to a job interview

This sure did surprise us.

Woman putting on makeup

by Eden-Olivia Lord |
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Don’t you just hate when you’re running late for something and you have to either rush your make-up or not wear any at all? (Or you could be late?)

And throughout the day you feel like you’re unorganized and unprepared with life?

Well you’re not going to like what we’re about to say - in a study by the University of Sterling in Scotland, researchers found that wearing make-up to an interview can influence how you are perceived by the interviewer.

Not only that, but it also depends on whether you’re being interviewed by a male or female.

Dr Viktoria Mileva’s told Science Daily, that in her new study she found that: "Men think women with make-up are more 'prestigious', while women think women with make-up are more dominant."

A woman in an interview

This research suggests that 'high status' can be found by being prestige or dominant. “Either you are dominant, which means you are happy using forcefulness or manipulation to make people follow you.

"Alternatively, you can gain high status by prestige; by having positive merits and qualities that make other want to follow you."

So men think that by wearing make-up, women have more positive merits and qualities… interesting.

However, after these results Dr Mileva did more research to find out why women may perceive other women who wear make-up as dominant.

She found that women would view make-up wearing women as more promiscuous, they would be more jealous of them and men would be more attractive to them compared to women who do not wear make-up.

A woman in an interview

This comes after a study in June - by sociologists Jaclyn Wong of the University of Chicago and Andrew Penner or the University of California - found that women who wear make-up and groom themselves for work earn up to 20% more than women who go to work without makeup.

Regardless of these results we’re sure the interviewer will make a decision based on your skills, CV and personality. Although we are left wondering what to do if we have a group interview with men and women…


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