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Does the color you wear to an interview really matter?

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Asked by ugiz28 at 5:04 PM on Aug. 14, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • If it's a color that doesn't suit your face, they may remember that more than the conversation, especially if it's a woman you're interviewing with.

    Answer by silversmom at 5:07 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • YES. I learned that bright colors make your body to much of the focus of the interview. Go for naturals

    Answer by lmt_mom2010 at 5:07 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • No as long as it looks nice

    Answer by DeeMarie87 at 5:08 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Does what you wear really matter? If someone says that it doesn’t – they’re lying. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to make a first or last impression, what you wear speaks volumes about who you are and what you’re going to bring to the table. The first thing that people see is how you present yourself. And many times, you may gain or miss out on opportunities based on that impression.
    Is it fair, probably not, but we live in an extremely competitive environment and it is important that we not only come correct on our academic and professional achievements, but we also have to come correct on how we present ourselves to the world. The purpose of this article seeks to provide insight on why your appearance matters and to provide some cost effective ways to ensure that you dress for success.

    Answer by elisabellaguna at 5:09 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • You don't want to be boring though. You want to give them a hint of something that will be memorable and stand out a little bit. Of course your personality, skills, and experience will be the focus. But they need to remember you. I wouldn't go with neon pink per say unless it fits the job you are going after.

    Answer by Lifes-A-Dance at 5:09 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Invest in one dark suit. Everyone should have one nice suit in their closet. When I say dark, I mean blue or black. To accompany this outfit, a nice white shirt/blouse. For the men, a nice solid color tie will never do you wrong. A suit will come in handy for job interviews.
    Keep your shoes up to snuff. This is an unwritten rule. I can not tell you how many times that I have been in interviews, personal conversations and presentations when people have scanned down to check out my shoes. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but it has some merit. If you have a nice suit on and shoes that are scuffed up – it really makes one wonder what else is scuffed up!

    Answer by elisabellaguna at 5:11 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • When you look polished during an interview, it makes a difference. I've seen people come into interviews with an animal print top, but it all worked as an outfit. Like, if you have a loud top, go with simple slacks and shoes and maybe an interesting bracelet. Likewise, if you have colorful shoes, compliment with a solid top and nice slacks. Try to go with a seasonal color, and make it all work together - even your nail polish!
    No matter what, wear clothes that fit you perfectly. Wearing something too tight will be more memorable than the colors you wear. And iron, iron, iron!! Nothing looks more polished than iron clothes with no holes or snags.

    Answer by redmoonintexas at 5:13 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • It absolutely does. It also depends on what kind of job you're looking at. If you're going into marketing or fashion something bright/fashionable accessories is/are appropriate, if you're looking for something in banking or finance more conservative clothing/colors are better. A good way to gauge appropriate color combinations is to look at the website of the company you are applying at. If you are unsure, a neutral color suit and blouse with conservative shoes and minimal accessories/makeup is always appropriate.

    Answer by Scuba at 5:22 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Invest in an all purpose black or navy blue skirt suit. And a comfortable yet stylish pair of matching shoes. You can then add a little "spark" of color in the blouse you wear underneath, as well as with your jewelry and accessories. You want the focus to be on YOU not your clothing. Less distractions are better on first interviews.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:20 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • I was told that you should wear a nice tailored suit that fits and is in a neutral tone like black or gray and the shirt under the suit coat could be bright colored and your jewelry should be understated too.

    Answer by aeneva at 10:12 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

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