The Best Color To Wear For a Job Interview

by Sharlyn Lauby on February 5, 2012

One of the best things about LinkedIn are the groups. You can become a part of groups based upon your profession, industry affiliations or interests. I belong to several and it’s fascinating to see the conversations people are engaged in.  For example, there was a huge conversation on one of my groups about the best color to wear on a job interview.  It’s based upon this article by Angela Harris.

business suit, job, interview, job interview, HR, human resources, recruiting, recruiter, colorIt reminded me of a workshop I went to years ago about professional attire. A bunch of us went to hear tips and tricks to look more business-like. The one big takeaway from the workshop was this:

Your wardrobe should not contain all the colors of the rainbow. It should contain the colors you look good in. 

Simple advice, yet how many of us select clothes because “we don’t have something in that color”?  I did it for years! Now my wardrobe contains only the colors that flatter me. Yes, that means I own a lot of olive green and navy blue.

I believe the point of a “best color to wear for a job interview” article should be to say, wear what looks good on you. This applies to both ladies and gentlemen. I have never heard of a recruiter not considering a job candidate because of the specific color they wore to the interview.

On the other hand, I have heard recruiters make comments about clothing that didn’t flatter a person. Not that it stopped a candidate from further consideration…but the clothing was distracting. All the more reason to wear clothing that flatters you; it will not distract from the conversation.

And that’s what the interview is really about…having a good conversation with the company.

What are your thoughts on this? Are there prescribed “interview colors” regardless of the individual?

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