Introduction:It is true, "clothes makes the man" or woman. Chances are we know that when have a job interview that we should dress at least one "level" above the position we are seeking. We know that our clothes should be clean and pressed and our shoes need to shined. However, did you know there are colors you should never wear to a job interview?
Avoid wearing red to a job interview. Red screams "stop." When interviewers see the color red, they also see "red flags." Even in small amounts, red should be avoided. Ladies, no red fingernail polish or red lipstick. Gentleman, no red ties or handkerchiefs.
Avoid wearing the color yellow. Yellow is a color used to caution people of possible danger. It is so well immersed in our culture that the interviewer will not even be aware of the flashing caution sign going of in his brain.
Orange is another color not to wear to a job interview. Like yellow, orange is associated with possible dangers. Have you seen the orange cones on the road, blocking traffic or around accidents? You don't want the interviewer to be thinking "uh oh" as she interviews you.
Avoid wearing pink to job a job interview. Pink is often stereotyped as an "immature" color. It may be difficult to be taken seriously when wearing pink. This is true for both women and men. Yes, this sounds silly, but it doesn't make it any less true.
Purple is another color not to wear to a job interview. Purple is seen as the color of royalty. It can make you appear to be "too good" for the position or that you are trying to be something you are not.
Job interviews are hard enough without the added stress of wearing the perfect outfit. There are so many (mis)conceptions about colors and their true meanings it is hard to know what to wear. With meanings so ingrained in our way of thinking, it is best to avoid these colors during a job interview.
Congrats on the feature. So many need some guidance on what colors to wear to a job interview.
What an awesome list!! I love Navy Blue and black for interviews :)
Congrats, Emma! Personally, I like navy blue and am really glad to see that it seems to be making a comeback.
So, does this mean that I should AVOID wearing my purple sequined 'jama set? It's REALLY pretty!
Very interesting. I agree. Color does is important and people can respond either negatively or positively to it.
Interesting list on the psychology of color! We can all use all the help we can get in this job market. Thanks for the tips and congratulations on the front page.
This is such a helpful list. I need all the advice I can get for job interviews because I am looking for jobs right now. Thanks for sharing.
Am I losing it? Has this been featured twice? If so, kudos to you! If not, I'm having oldstimers!
thank you for your list of colors not to wear to an interview. Congrats on the front page spot!
Great list. Congrats on front page placement.
Emma - you didn't advise what color to wear! As a longtime student of Chromotherapy, I'd suggest shades of brown. Brown is a rich, yet not a pretentious color. What do you think?
Very interesting info! I think I have always worn black, white, gray or blue! :)
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