Research shows people accurately judge personality by footwear

Preparing for an internship interview at the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office, Mary Mcilvaine of Tampa chose to wear a pair of basic tan pumps. 
 
“I made sure it was conservative but stand out,” she said.
 
Shoes can be a crucial component to a job interview, said Lindsay Roland with Robert Half Professional Staffing agency in Tampa.
 
“Absolutely, you don’t want anything too wacky,” she said. “You don’t want to draw attention in a negative way.”
 
She suggested job seekers to lean towards understated attire, including shoes, for a job interview.  
 
Research published in the Journal of Research in Personality showed people can accurately judge a stranger’s personality about a third of the time by simply looking at a person’s shoes, according to University of Kansas researcher Omri Gillath, an author of the study.
 
The study associated colorful and bright shoes with extraverted people. It also showed a negative correlation between emotional stability and pointy toed shoes and high heels. Openness, which is associated with imagination, correlated to colorful preference in footwear.
 
Roland suggested that while ankle boots could signal aggressiveness, interviewees should shy away from such a style and instead do more on-site research.
 
“Do a walk-by of the company to see what people are wearing as they come in and out and maybe get coffee nearby,” she said.  
 
Mcilvaine landed her summer internship in New York City.
 
“I hope it was me, but maybe it was the shoes,” she said.

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