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What colors to wear for a job interview?

September 15, 2016

Today, I am talking about colors to wear for a job interview. It has been months I wanted to talk about it with you. I got the idea at Dubai where a day, I discussed about the colors to wear / or not to wear for a job interview with my colleagues during the lunch break. We didn’t agree with each other. I found it interesting to talk about it with you as we are all concerned by job interviews.

In November 2013, a survey conducted on 2 099 recruiters and human resource managers has been published by the site CareerBuilder. It concludes that the two colors to privilege for a job interview are blue (23%) and black (15%). However, wearing orange needs to be avoided (23%). It’s frequently interpreted as a lack of prefessionalism.

To summarize, find below the list of colors and meanings raised by the survey respondents :

  • Black – leadership.  Wearing black is seen as unaccessible but when it’s well worn, it communicates “glamour, sophistication, and exclusivity”. It’s for this reason that brands like Chanel and Saint-Laurent use the black color in their communication to show they are leader in the industry.
  • Blue – team spirit. Blue is the color to privilege for a job interview because it inspire confidence. You would have a better chance wearing blue than wearing any other color.
  • Gray – Logics/Analytical. The gray color is in fact associated to independence and isolation. But if you are self-confident, it’s not bad to wear gray because it shows you are capable of thinking just by yourself.
  • White – Organization. White is a sure value. When you wear white, you show that you are well-organized because you can get dirty easily. The white color is quite controversial because there are also recruiters that consider white as “flat” and show a lack of confidence. Mandell from AOL advises to wear white in a company where employees used to wear bright colors.
  • Brown – la fiabilité. Cette couleur représente la chaleur, la sécurité, la fiabilité. Deux exemples de société qui utilisent le marron sur leur logo sont : M&M’s et UPS.
  • Red – Power. Le rouge transmet la passion et le pouvoir, et c’est la couleur à porter si vous souhaitez impressionner ou convaincre quelqu’un. Le rouge est également à relier au courage, à l’enthousiasme et à l’ambition.
  • Green, Yellow, Orange and Purple – these four colors are associated to creativity. This bright colors show that you are fun. However, they don’t inspire confidence and don’t show you are  montrent pas que vous êtes quelqu’un d’engagé; ce qui n’est pas le meilleur message à transmettre en entretien.

Après, comme pour tout, il faut prendre du recul sur l’étude. CareerBuilder a beau être présent dans le monde entier, c’est une société américaine. Les réponses de l’étude sont donc plus adaptées à une culture d’entreprise anglo-saxone. Et puis, je pense aussi qu’il faut bien sûr adapter sa tenue en fonction du secteur d’activité dans lequel on évolue et tenir compte des valeurs de l’entreprise pour laquelle on postule.

J’espère que cet article vous aidera pour vos entretiens à venir. Belle journée, Xxx.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Celine September 15, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Intéressant cet article !

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