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Sep052012

Interview Clothing: Colors You Should Wear to an Interview

The job market, while slowly improving, is still rife with competition. Job seekers are spending substantial amounts of time fine-tuning resumes, researching potential employers and prepping for interviews, all in a quest to land a new job. The aforementioned steps are crucial, but don't overlook this very important element: your interview outfit.

Many workplaces have gone the casual route, so it may be easy to overlook the importance of what should be worn to an interview. But acceptable attire once you have a job may be very different from acceptable attire during the interview process. You don't want to be too formal; you're not going to a black tie wedding. But you're not going to a barbeque either. Shorts and jeans are an obvious no-no. Anything with a sports team logo should stay in your dresser drawer. However, you can almost always feel confident and secure in a well-fitting, conservative suit.

This brings us to the next question: What color should I wear?

COLOR TIPS FOR WOMEN

Save the flashy, bright colors for another occasion, like the company holiday party you attend AFTER you get the job. Some women may be tempted to gravitate toward "power" colors, like red and purple, in an attempt to convey that quality to a prospective employer. Remember, an interview is an opportunity to show the interviewer how you will fit into the organization, not take it over. Let your words speak for you by wearing styles and colors to enhance your appearance, not overpower it.

You want to appear competent and serious, so your color choices should be made with care. Black, brown, gray and navy blue are always good selections. Your choice of color will give an immediate impression of you. Keep that in mind as you look through stores and your closet. Slight variations, like tan, light gray and slate blue, are acceptable, but don't stray too far from those basic neutrals. In other words, avoid pastels. If a blouse is necessary under a suit jacket, neutrals can add interest without being boring. Choose something with a pretty collar or subtle detailing.

If you want to add a pop of brightness, you can add a colorful neckerchief or a brooch. This shows the interviewer a bit of personality without being overwhelming.

COLOR TIPS FOR MEN

For men, the lack of choice makes the process easier. There are only two good options: navy or charcoal. While a woman can successfully wear a brown suit, a man runs the risk of looking dated, and not in a fun, vintage way. Black is too formal and should also be avoided.

You can go with pinstripes, but they should be understated. White is the best choice for button-down shirts, but cream or pale blue is fine as well. Finish the look with a tie in a traditional color and pattern. Trendy ties should be left in the closet.

Use these tips to help you plan a worry-free job interview wardrobe. Making smart, conservative choices will allow you to focus on the most important thing: showing the interviewer what you can contribute to the organization.

Tracy Derrell is a New York-based teacher and writer. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Tracy_Derrell Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6922133

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