Career Builder recently asked over 2,000 hiring managers and HR representatives what colors are best for potential employers to wear to an interview. Unsurprisingly, most revealed that the most professional colors are conservative ones like black, blue, gray, and brown. In fact, 23% recommended blue and 15% say black is best. The worst color to wear turns out to be orange, according to the study 25% of employers find it unprofessional. The study also revealed what qualities employers associate with various colors, so now you can use a little color psychology to your advantage to help leave a good impression. That being said, it's best to stick with those conservative ones and use the "creative" colors as accents when appropriate. Keep reading for additional tips from CareerBuilder experts to dress for success when meeting with a potential employer:
If everyone is dressed in shorts and flip flops and you show up in a business suit, you may not come across as the right fit. Dress according to the environment, but always look polished. Wear a suit where appropriate or at the very least a nice pair of pants or skirt and collared shirt or blouse.
Stick with neutrals.
You can’t go wrong with navy, black, brown and gray. You can pair this with a classic white button-down shirt or incorporate a splash of a more vibrant color.
Tailor your outfit.
Clothing that is too tight or revealing can leave an unfavorable impression. Clothing that is too loose can make you look like a kid wearing your dad’s suit. Make sure your interview apparel complements your shape.
Don’t distract the interviewer.
Wacky ties, loud patterns and oversized jewelry can cause the interviewer to spend more time wondering about your outfit than your skill set. Solids or small patterns are your best bet for interview attire.
Pay attention to details.
Make sure shoes are polished, clothes are wrinkle-free and nails are manicured. Be mindful of your choice of belt, tie clip, hosiery, socks, etc.