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What Are the Best Colors to Wear to an Interview

Updated on September 29, 2010

What to Wear to a Job Interview

Interviews are always nerve-wracking experiences. Most people rehearse what they will say and try to imagine what questions will be asked. Interviewees will make sure to be on time. They will agonize over the best outfit to wear to make the best impression.

However, most people don't think much about the color of the clothing they will wear to an interview. Of course, this isn't the most important thing to consider when going for a job interview. But studies have shown that colors do trigger subconscious responses in humans. Why not use that to your advantage at a job interview? Any little trick to make a good impression at an interview can't hurt.

The color black is an authoritative color. However, black should not be worn to interviews as a main color. The reason is that too much black can cause a person to appear distant and arrogant. Wear black to interviews as an accessory, such as a tie or scarf.

Red is not recommended as a choice to wear to an interview. The reason is because red evokes emotions more than any other color. It is not a good choice when you want to project a calm, cool exterior. Avoid wearing yellow or orange to an interview for the same reason.

Men should avoid both purple and pink as wardrobe choices to an interview. Both colors symbolize femininity. A male wearing pink or purple to an interview would seem to be undecided and unsure of himself.

Now that we've covered which colors not to wear to an interview, let's find out which colors are the best to wear for a job interview.

Blue is one the best choices to wear to an interview. Blue causes its wearer to seem authoritative. At the same time, wearing the color blue makes a person seem trustworthy. This is a perfect representation to make in front of a potential boss at an interview. Another reason to wear blue to an interview is because blue is most people's favorite color. This increases your chances of the interviewer approving your appearance. Studies have even shown that salespeople and people at interviews who wear blue have higher success rates.

Gray is another excellent wardrobe choice for an interview. Gray denotes authority without being overwhelming.

Brown is a good choice for job interviews as well. Wearing the color brown makes a person seem calm, trustworthy, and levelheaded.

Of course, these aren't hard and fast interview rules. It totally depends upon the individual situation. If you are seeking a job that requires creativity, wearing neutrals may be an unwise choice. Also, if your potential future job is in a casual environment, the wardrobe interview rules need not be so strict. An excellent middle of the road color choice for an interview is green.

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