Woman wearing conservative interview attire, pants, jacket, and white blouse.

Attire of job applicants, or they physical appearance, should have no significance for a good interviewer who tries to make unbiased decisions (unless they interview people for waitress of flight attendant jobs, where physical appearance matter).

But we do not live in an ideal world, and interviewers are only people–they have their favorite colors, each of them likes certain type of people and clothes, and we can’t really get these things out of our heads in an interview with job applicants.

In this article we will have a look at some tips and basic strategies when it comes to choosing attire for your interview.


Wear the same clothes you would wear to the job

If you are applying for a position of a marketing manager, wear clothes you would wear to work – shirt and tie, or a blouse.

If you apply for a job of customer assistant, nice blouse or clean t-shirt will do the trick. And, if you apply for a car mechanic position, you should wear clean and well ironed overalls.

Flight attendant job applicants, or waiter job applicants, can and even should wear something attractive, because to look good is a part of their job.


Stick to company colors

If you would like to play with our subconscious, try to wear a shirt in the color that represents the company we recruit for. To wear blue shirt when applying for a job at IBM is a good idea, as well as a green one if you apply with STARBUCKS.

Color psychology and your interviewer

A job applicant decided for a business casual interview attire, but he tries to make a good impression with his smile and work portfolio.We live in a digital age. You can find information about everyone. If you know the name of your interviewer, you should be able to find out who they are, how old they are, what they like to do, and even if they are married. Search for their name on Google, and you can find a lot of information.

If you find out that your interviewer is an easy going, honest guy, and wears red colored shirts to work (typical for sanguine personality), you can adjust your interview attire to that, and choose some shiny colors.

Color psychology

Did you know that orange and brown are the least favorite colors of women? And that men do not like brown as well? Blue, green, black, and white are on the opposite side of the spectrum–the colors men like the most. Knowing a bit of color psychology should help you to understand which colors you should avoid in your interview.


Do not overdo it with the attire

As I said in the beginning of an article, a good interviewer should not place much value on your physical appearance, and your attire. They will care more about your skills, abilities, knowledge, motivation, attitude–all of that will be reflected in your interview answers, and in the way you act in an interview.

You can and should spend a few minutes choosing your attire, and if you have enough time, you can study a bit of color psychology, and try to think what will work the best with your interviewer. But still, you should focus mostly on your interview answers. Other things matter as well, but they are secondary.

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