It’s easy to find out what exact styles to wear to a very important job interview, but have you ever thought about what colors might be great to make the best impression? In this competitive business environment where millions upon millions are searching for a job each year, employers are sifting through each one not just based on their profile specifications, but also on their body language, appearance, grooming, and personality. In an article by balancecareers.com, it says, “The color of your clothing sends a subconscious message to the interviewer about your personality. The right colors can help convey your confidence, professionalism and your ability to fit into an organization’s environment.”
Here are some colors that just might get you ahead of the curve:
You can definitely count on this classic color as the safest bet when meeting someone for the first time in a professional setting. In color psychology, black means power and control, implies self-control and discipline, independence and a strong will, and giving an impression of authority, according to Empowered by Color.
Blue: Team Player
If you like a bit more of an interesting color, blue is the way to go. It’s still safe, yet it has some character. Empowered by Color says, “This color is one of trust, responsibility, honesty and loyalty. It is sincere, reserved and quiet, and doesn’t like to make a fuss or draw attention. It hates confrontation, and likes to do things in its own way.” Lisa Johnson Mandell at AOL Jobs writes: “Studies show that navy blue is the best color for a suit to wear to a job interview, because it inspires confidence. You are more likely to get the job when you wear navy blue to an interview than any other color.”
Gray is the in-between color of white and black. It signifies being conventional, dependable and practical.
In color psychology white is the color of new beginnings, of wiping the slate clean, so to speak. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon. You are ready to absorb learnings in your new job. It is neutral, clean, and sophisticated.
Louder colors: Creative
Green, Yellow, and Purple means you are creative and are more on the adventurous side. Red means power. This is best for media, advertising, and other creative jobs. You can wear these colors, but just to be on the safe and elegant side, you should mix it up with the other colors mentioned above.
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