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    A comprehension question

    Most employers believe that those who look as if they care about themselves are more likely to care about their jobs. We know 'it's what's inside that counts,' but research shows that physically attractive people are generally considered by possible employers as more intelligent, likable and trustworthy. Your goal should be to come across in the best possible light---attractive in the way you dress, in your gestures and facial expressions and in your speech.

    This paragraph is taken from a passage titled with 'Four minutes that get you hired'. One of the comprehension questions is:

    We know 'it's what's inside that counts', _______.
    1. while in reality we may not behave that way
    2. but that doesn't make sense in this case

    The given answer is 1. But I think 1 won't fit in with the context. I would choose 2 as the sentence talks only about what employers generally consider, not how we behave. And the next sentence is about what we should do--those things that don't have to do with what's inside. Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: A comprehension question

    Hello Joham,

    You could think of it as:

    1. We know that it's what's inside that counts, in theory; but in reality, as research demonstrates, employers choose people on the basis of external qualities such as physical attractiveness.

    The "behaviour" is the underlined part.

    Best wishes,


    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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