Colours to wear for an interview

Colours to wear for an interview

In today’s job market in which companies might interview dozens of potential clients for one position, first impressions are more important than ever!  One important and often overlooked aspect of an interviewee’s first impression is colour.  The colour of your clothing sends a subconscious message to the interviewer about your personality. Research shows that 85% of our communication is non-verbal so choosing what to wear is an important part of your overall presentation.  What you choose to wear communicates a lot about who you are and how you see yourself.

So that leaves the question – “What colour should you wear to make a great first impression?”

BLACK – Leadership

Black can initially be seen as unapproachable, but if worn correctly it can also communicate ‘glamour, sophistication, exclusivity’.  Black is a colour that is to be taken seriously, it is communicating you are a leader in that industry. Black can also connote drama so use it carefully when putting an outfit together – you may want to use it as an accent rather than a primary colour.

BLUE – Team Player

Blue is by far one of the best colours to wear for a job interview because it exudes trust and confidence.  Studies show that navy blue is the best colour for a suit to wear to a job interview, because it inspires confidence. It appears you are more likely to get the job when you wear navy blue to an interview than any other colour. The colour blue conjures up calm, stability, trust, truth, confidence and security, these are all great messages to send without saying a word.

GREY – Logical/Analytical

Wearing grey communicates independence or isolation.  This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, as long as you are showing that you are confident at the same time.  Grey is also perceived as being a lonely colour, which may say to others that you are very much a self sufficient and capable individual who is able to think on their own. However after blue this colour is not distracting for the interviewer, which means they will be more focused on what you’re saying and how you’re saying it.

 

WHITE – Organised

Wearing either white or beige is a safe bet.  The only problem is you run the risk of being considered dull and lacking in self confidence.  Some hirers perceive white to mean that you are organised.  Wearing either white or beige for a job where everyone else is wearing colours may make you stand out in a good way.

BROWN – Dependable

This earthy colour means warmth, safety, reliability and dependability and is a great colour to use if you are in doubt.

RED – Power

Red conveys power and passion and is the best colour to wear when you want to impress or persuade someone it is best to use it only as an accent, and it will make a strong impression.  Many brands use red when they want to be seen as powerful and compassionate, and it is also linked to courage, excitement and exuding energy. For an interview use it sparingly.

GREEN, YELLOW, ORANGE AND PURPLE – Creative

These louder colours communicate that you are fun and attract attention, but they do not necessarily elicit feelings of trust or commitment, (not the best message to send in a job interview).  I would leave these colours at home and get them out for happy hour or in house meetings.

 

Accent colours are colours that are used for emphasis in a colour scheme. These colours can often be bold or vivid and are used sparingly, to emphasise, contrast or create rhythm.

Top Qualities Employers Look for When Hiring

Top Qualities Employers Look for When Hiring

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Gone are the days when the only way to get hired was to present all of your qualifications and list every single one of your skill set down on a piece of paper; we are living in the year 2015 and there are higher priorities to organisations now.

To be highly considered for a role in any organisation you need to demonstrate your ability to adapt to the culture of that particular workplace and work within their values. To demonstrate all you need is a little time to reflect on situations that you have experienced in the past and then write these down on paper. A great example of this is if you were to go for a position in management but you have never had the title of a manager in the past; how do you sell your skills?

1. Demonstrate Transferable Skills

You can suggest that you are able to be molded into the management role within their business which can be more beneficial than bringing in old habits from those who have been in managerial positions before. Try reflecting on times where you have had to demonstrate managerial skills such as time management, multi-tasking, meeting deadlines, conflict resolution etc. and then explain how you managed these situations. How did you behave, how did you get the message across to others, how did you involve others in the process and what outcomes did you achieve? These are all behavioural based responses and employers are looking for that inner quality that allows you to follow their people and culture strategies. The fact that you have not had management experience and the fact that you have not performed some required skills is becoming less and less a priority, the organisation wants to ensure you have what it takes and they can train you in the duties and processes if required.

We recently conducted a survey and the results show that organisations are now looking for the FIT within their company as well as a mixture of basic skills to determine your competency to perform the role.

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2. Qualities vs Qualification

As you can see not only is INTEGRITY the most important quality, have a look at the next five top responses. Values and Cultural Fit, Teamwork, Reliability, Communication Skills and Emotional Intelligence ALL outweigh Previous Experience, Specific Skill Set and also Qualifications. We can safely assume that the level of your personal qualities is important to the employer and being aware of your own values and personal qualities is a step in the right direction in securing your next job. Contemplate how you can communicate these values to an employer in your application. Whether it is in an interview or cover letter it is essential to let your prospective employer know who you are and how you can fit into their company.

3. Believe in Yourself

This should give you, the candidate, an incredible amount of confidence when applying for the job that you really want based on your own personal values and how your values match the employer. When you are identifying vacancies in either external or internal positions you need to weigh up whether you are the right person for the job based on qualities, rather than skills. After you have identified this, believe in yourself, reflect and prove to yourself why you are the best person for the position and then (last but not least) – go get the job and follow your dreams!