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How What Color You Wear To A Job Interview Can Affect The Outcome

It’s a well-known fact that you only get one chance to make a first impression. And, when it comes to a job interview, you want to look as on point as possible to impress your potential future boss and show that you’ve got what it takes to be a fresh face representing the company.

What a lot of people don’t know is that the color you wear to a job interview can greatly impact you’re first impression. Bold brights have the potential to ruin your chances at a dream job, while a color like white can tarnish your outgoing reputation! So, before you decide on the perfect outfit as a way to be memorable, check out what every color you wear says about your employability to keep you in consideration!

Red In A Job Interview: Confidence

The most eye-catching color of the rainbow, red exudes the attitude of power, confidence and excitement. If you’re looking to impress and persuade, find your perfect fiery shade and walk into that interview with your head held high.

Green, Yellow, Orange Or Purple In A Job Interview: Creative

If you’re vying for a position in the creative field, bold brights are a great way to show your eclectic side — but they’re not so great for a more formal work setting. If you’re hoping to land a job where a suit and tie is the everyday norm, avoid wearing loud colors to your interview. You’ll raise eyebrows with an outfit that questions your commitment to a more corporate job and make it harder to gain their trust.

Blue In A Job Interview: Engaging And Collaborative

On the flip side, wearing blue is your best bet if you want to win over your interviewer. Navy blue is an excellent shade to don if you want to show that you’re trusting, confident, engaging and ready to collaborate with coworkers.

White In A Job Interview: Organized

When it comes to white, you can be sure you’ll look crisp and cool, but it also sends the message to your future employer that you’re organized. However, depending on where you’re interviewing, white can also work against you. In some cases, white’s seen as a color worn by those who have the personality of a wet towel and low self-esteem.

Brown In A Job Interview: Reliable

Everyone wants someone they can count on, and if one of the job requirements is someone who is reliable, pull out your earthy brown options. Warm brown tones make employers see you as someone who is dependable and safe to have on their team.

Grey In A Job Interview: Rational And Realistic

There’s no question gray is a cool color that can feel isolating, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you want to send the message that you’re excellent at working independently with confidence — characteristics of those who work remotely — go with any tone on on the greyscale. No one will ever question your ability to think on your feet and make difficult decisions under any circumstance.

Black In A Job Interview: Leadership

When you see someone dressed in all black everything, it can be intimidating to approach them. On the other hand, it shows you’re on another level of sophistication, control and confidence. Worn just right, you can come across as a leader who’s ready to take the industry by storm.

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