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The Best And Worst Colors To Wear To A Job Interview

Vivian Giang
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What you choose to wear communicates a lot about who you are and how you see yourself. So in the all-important job interview, what color should you wear to make a great first impression?

According to 2,099  hiring managers and human resource professionals who participated in CareerBuilder's recently published survey, blue and black are the best colors to wear to a job interview, and  orange is the worst .

Conservative colors, such as  black, blue, gray, and brown, seem to be the   the safest bet when meeting someone for the first time in a professional setting, whereas colors that signal more creativity, like orange, may be too loud for an interview . 

Below, hiring professionals who participated in the survey explain how they view different colors worn by job candidates. W e've also included a brief analysis of color psychology and what messages these colors send to the world.

Black: Leadership

Black can be seen as unapproachable, but if you wear it correctly, it can also "communicate glamour, sophistication, exclusivity," says branding expert Karen Haller. Black is a color that is taken seriously. Consider brands such as  Chanel and Yves Saint Lauren using black to communicate that they are the leader in their industry.

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Blue: Team Player

Blue is one of the best colors to wear on a job interview because is exudes trust and confidence.   Lisa Johnson Mandell at AOL Jobs writes: "Studies show that navy blue is the best color 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 color."

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Gray: Logical/Analytical

Wearing gray communicates independence or isolation. This doesn't have to be a bad thing, as long as you show that you're confident. Since gray is somewhat of a lonely color, this may say to others that you're very much an individual, who is self-sufficient and capable of thinking on your own.

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White: Organized

Wearing white and beige is a safe bet, but you may be considered "dull and lacking in self confidence." Hiring managers think that white means you're "organized" since any chaos at all and you may find yourself with a stain on that white outfit. Mandell at AOL Jobs advises wearing white or beige for a job where everyone else wears loud colors.

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Brown: Dependable

This earthy color means  warmth, safety, reliability, and dependability, says Haller. Think of brands that use brown in their logo, such as UPS and the original M&Ms.

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Red: Power

Red conveys passion and power and is the best color to wear when you're trying to persuade or impress someone, says  Kenny Frimpong, brand marketing and development manager at   Italian menswear brand  Eredi Pisano. Red is also linked to courage, excitement, and energy.

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Green, Yellow, Orange, and Purple: Creative

These louder colors communicate that you're fun and attract attention, but they don't  necessarily elicit feelings of trust or commitment, which may not be the best message to send in a job interview. However, wearing these colors would work great for  happy hour gatherings or in-house meetings, says  Frimpong.

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