We all know that dressing professionally for a job interview can leave a good first impression with the employer, but what about the color of your attire? Have you ever wondered why doctors wear white or police officers wear blue? Or why black represents power and red implies passion?
Different colors influence people in different ways, emotions from trust to aloof and everything in between. Color psychologists and scientists have been studying the impact of colors for years and how people respond to different colors listed below. Keep this in mind when choosing what colors to wear to the job interview.
Black: Represents authority, power, and drama. Black can also make you appear unapproachable and overpowering. So avoid it when interviewing, unless in small amounts or as an accent color.
White: Symbolizes of purity, chastity, and cleanliness. White is a neutral color that goes with everything. It’s usually worn in shirts and blouses year round.
Blue: Signifies tranquility, authority, trust, and loyalty. It’s the best-selling color globally, and the one with the biggest success rate in job interviews. Blue is the ultimate “power color”.
Brown: Addresses credibility and stability. It’s the color of the earth and abundant in nature. Brown creates a neutral environment for open discussion.
Beige and tan: Similar to brown, are calming, stress reducing, earthy colors that invite communication. These colors are perceived as nonassertive and passive.
Gray: Denotes neutrality and sophistication. After blue, it’s the second most popular color to wear to a job interview. If you want to look confident without being overpowering in black, go for gray.
Red; Implies heat, danger, power, passion, and strength. The most emotionally intense color, red can stimulate a faster heartbeat and breathing. Use red as an accent color to motivate people to make quick decisions and increase expectations. It can also increase emotions during job interviews, so avoid wearing large amounts of red.
Orange: Like red, can stimulate strong emotions. Related to warmth and autumn, individuals who wear orange are perceived as having a strong personality. Bright orange, like bright red, will attract attention and induce intense emotions, so wear moderately in job interviews.
Yellow: Promotes a wide range of emotions, from cheer and goodwill to caution, and jealousy. However, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms than in rooms of other colors. It is the most difficult color for the eye to absorb, so it can be unbearable if overused. Wear in small doses in job interviews.
Green: Indicates nature, success, wealth, and security. A calming, refreshing color, green is the easiest color on the eye and most relaxing. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. People will feel comfortable with you without standing out in a job interview.
Purple: Symbolizes royalty, richness, power and sensitivity. It’s also the color of passion and love. Purple is often viewed as a “feminine” color, so avoid wearing purple when attending a job interview with a strong gender bias.
Pink: Inspires a variety of emotions, from fun and excitement to calm and low energy. Pink is viewed as a feminine color, and, like purple, should be worn with discretion in job interviews.