What is the Color of Success?

Best Clothes and Colors To Wear To An Interview

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Do you put a lot of thought into what color clothing you wear to an interview? You should! 

As someone who formerly facilitated hirings, I was subject to a strange phenomenon: sometimes a very qualified, capable candidate rubbed me the wrong way.

What you wear affects how you're perceived in an interview, and even a sharp outfit can be undone by the mysterious psychological effects of color. Choose to wear the right colored interview clothing before you show up!


Best Interview Clothing Colors To Wear

Red is an intense interview color, and that's what it says about the wearer. Red says you want to be noticed. It's the color of passion, energy, and strength, but also danger and war. 

In terms of an employee, red interview clothing might tell me that a candidate is very energetic and confident, that they possess leadership qualities and courage. It also tells me this candidate might be a little hot-headed or quick to anger. 

Red is a wild card. Personally, I'd avoid large quantities of red in an interview, since it's such a powerful impression. There are other, better colors to wear to an interview. 


Colors To Wear To An Interview

Blue is an interview clothing color that denotes intelligence, wisdom and depth, sincerity and perception. Blue also has a calming influence, with measurable effects on the human mind and metabolism. 

A candidate wearing blue will give the effect of capability and calm. They might not be high energy, but they are level-headed and capable. It also might put me more at ease in the interview setting. 

I'd recommend blue as a good all-purpose interview clothing color to wear. It also usually looks good on most people, so give it a shot.


Best Colors To Wear At An Interview

Green has a youthful energy and lightness, and it's common to associate green with growth and life. Green conveys a sense of safety, peace and healing. The flip side is that green can say inexperienced.

A candidate wearing green interview clothing might seem youthful and safe. In most work settings a calming, peaceful impression would be a good choice. To avoid the impression of lack of experience, try a slightly darker green.

I'd recommend green in most cases as a good interview clothing color to wear. If you have doubts, ask for a second opinion from a friend, and ask about the first 'impression' they get when they see you.


Good Interview Clothing Colors

Yellow is obviously a very cheerful interview color, giving a sense of lightness, intelligence and happiness. Like red, yellow says you don't mind attention, giving it some leadership attributes. 

A nice, yellow shirt tells me a candidate is light-hearted, open and honest. It says leadership potential, with a warm, cheerful style. That said, a lot of yellow would probably be overwhelming. Yellow works best as a pop of color: tie, bag, shoes. 

When choosing what to wear for an interview, use yellow sparingly. As a clothing color, it is good, but too much can be a bit intense. 


Best Clothing Colors For An Interview

Yes I know, white is a shade, but I'm trying to cover the most common choices in formal attire.

White is associated with cleanliness and perfection, as well as innocence and purity. Anything white has the impression of being new.

A white shirt is always one of the best interview colors, just make sure it's really white! That impression of perfection and safety will be nullified by an off-white or dirty looking article.

White also has the bonus of pairing nicely with any other interview color you have chosen.

I'd recommend white as a good interview clothing color for all situations. When in doubt, go with white!


Good Interview Clothing Colors

Black is common in business attire. It says strength, elegance and formality. It's also associated with death, mystery and the unknown.

In an interview setting, black is a good choice, just don't wear too much of it. Like white, black pairs nicely with most other interview colors. Black says you respect the formality of the interview and the authority of the hiring company. 

Avoid matching black with brown, charcoal, or dark grey. You don't want to make your outfit look mismatched, and the human eye picks up on even subtle shade differences. 

Overall black is an excellent, neutral choice for an interview clothing color. Most work attire includes some black anyway.