What you wear to a job interview will impact your success.
First impressions count and when you meet your interviewer the first impression they get of you is your interview outfit.
You know that you need to look the part and if you’re considering your interview outfit options, be sure to take a look at our ‘What to wear for an interview – Guide for students’.
One important factor that you may not have thought about yet is what the colours of your interview outfit say about you. You may be surprised by just how much colours can influence a person’s opinion of you.
Psychological studies attest to the fact that colours can induce certain feelings, thoughts and emotions.
Can you think of a fast-food logo that doesn’t include the colour red? You may struggle and that’s because, in the right context, red can induce feelings of hunger.
No wonder just walking past McDonald’s makes you feel peckish!
Here are some colours that you may want to think about:
Black can be a great option for your interview outfit because it indicates authority and makes people take you seriously.
It can also make you look like a leader.
On the flip side, black can be seen as unapproachable, so it’s best coupled with a confident and personable attitude.
Research conducted by the University of British Columbia found that because people associate blue with openness and peace, they feel safer exploring their ideas when surrounded by the calming colour.
Wearing blue will put the people around you at ease enabling you to work better with them.
Lisa Johnson Mandell at AOL Jobs also states: “Studies show that navy blue is the best colour 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 colour.”
Wearing grey gives the impression that you are independent and that’s not a bad thing, especially if you’re also confident.
With creative roles, grey may not be the best option, but for anything corporate it’s a solid interview outfit colour, so go for it!
White is a clean, crisp colour that shows you are an organised person. It can also indicate simplicity, precision and goodness, all positive things for an interview.
However, do remember that white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean!
If you’re going with white make sure that you stay spotless prior to your interview.
Red is a powerful colour which could make you look dominant and like someone in command. However, this isn’t the best thing for an interview as powerful can also come across as aggressive.
Generally speaking, people who often wear red clothing are usually extroverts with a lot of passion and energy.
They can also have aggressive tendencies and be quick in releasing their emotions – watch out for their fiery tempers!
That being said, it’s probably better to stay away from this colour when it comes to job interview outfits.
Generally, green is a colour that stimulates positive feelings such as relaxation and calmness. Perhaps it may help settle your nerves in an interview situation? It can also make you exude trustworthiness.
Green is a good interview outfit colour especially if you’re going for a creative role. As long as it’s not neon, you should be good.
Purple is a royal colour making you exude an air of regal pride. It’s also a good statement colour, so could help with making a bold impression.
Purple is definitely acceptable in an interview outfit and would work particularly well for creative roles. If you need to look super-professional it can also be a good splash of colour among darker tones.
Final top tips!
- Choose solid colours over busy patterns as these can be distracting
- Don’t go too bright – you want to be remembered for your interview performance, not your neon outfit!
- Avoid brown as it can be seen by some as old fashioned and outdated