Does the colour you wear impact an interviewer’s decision?


Once you’ve received an invite to an interview, you’ll begin rummaging through your wardrobe to find the perfect outfit to wear.

You want to strike the balance between looking good and showing off your personality without compromising the performance of your 30-minute interrogation with one of the high-brow bosses.

Interestingly, there is a way to make them like you more. Simply put, colour psychology is the study of hues as a determinant of human behaviour. Although qualifications, experience and work ethic play a huge part in the interview process, dressing in a particular way can build up a great first impression and help you secure the job.

It’s time to choose your colours. We take a look at some of the most popular colours to wear and what they say about your personality.

Wearing Red

Everyone knows that red is one of the most romantic colours known to man, so that could put you off. However, if you’re looking to demonstrate power — perhaps you are applying for a senior position — red can be a good reflection of this character trait. Studies have shown that this colour can actually boost a wearers confidence, which might be a good shout if you’re slightly nervous for the big day. The study also went on to show that the tone can display good health and being financially sound, which of course is something every company admires.

Not all things are rosy though. It can also suggest that you’re not kind or sociable, but this can be proved incorrect in the room!

Wearing Black

Black has always played a big role when it comes to interviews but try and mix it up. Think of other colours that can be paired with this hue, as it is extremely versatile and using another colour on our list could boost your presence.

Although we know you’re intelligent, this look can definitely boost the thought. However, bear in mind that there are some negatives to the colour black; this includes mourning. Be smart with how you choose to wear this colour!

Wearing White

Similar to black, white is also often worn. Research has suggested that the colour white was perceived to be the least arrogant colour which is always beneficial for an interview — you want your interviewer to like you. It’s also thought to make someone appear very optimistic, so if you don’t have a white men’s shirt already, now is your chance!

Remember to pair with a dark blue men’s blazer and matching pants to become the candidate that they’ll remember most.

Wearing Blue

If you want to look positive, blue should be the colour you wear. The hue demonstrates that someone is a team player, trustworthy and has a lot of confidence. If this sounds like something you’d like to showcase, this hue might just be for you!

Even some of the most respected recruiters have stated this. Lisa Johnson Mandell at AOL Jobs commented: “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.”

Going in Grey

Grey is a common colour, but do we actually know what people think when they see it? What do people perceive the colour as? We all know that sometimes darker tones don’t propel the best message, but reports suggest that this colour communicates independence; this is something that many employers are looking for.

It also reminds people of being isolated, which is a big no-no! You want to make sure that you come across as a team player and someone who is actually going to contribute something beneficial to their company.

Danger zone colours

Colours that were found to attract negative connotations were orange, brown and surprisingly pink.

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