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Interviews can be extremely nerve-racking, and you need to know what 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. BetterHelp offers great advice if you are anxious about the interview process.
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.
What are the specific tones to wear? We take a look at some of the most popular colours to wear and what they say about your personality.
Sometimes associated with mourning, black is actually one of the top colours worn for an interview. 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.
This hue will allow you to rock the formal look while appearing intellectual. However, bare in mind that there are some negatives to the colour black; this includes mourning. Be smart with how you choose to wear this colour!
What do people perceive this 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.
Some say it does represent isolation though! 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.
Everyone wears white in an interview. 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!
Pair with a dark blue men’s blazer and matching pants to become the candidate that they’ll remember most.
If you want to look positive, consider wearing a blue men’s shirt. 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!
A lot of recruiters have some sort of opinion on this colour too. 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.”
Red is always associated with love, but is this something you want to portray in an interview? 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.
This colour isn’t always positive though. It can also suggest that you’re not kind or sociable, but this can be proved incorrect in the room
Colours you shouldn’t be wearing
Colours that were found to attract negative connotations were orange, brown and surprisingly pink.
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