Here’s the Answer to the question

“What are the 4 best Colors to Wear to an Interview?”

Thank you for taking the challenge of my last newsletter and answering the question on my LinkedIN page! Some of you posted a photo with your favorite colors to wear for job interviews or other work settings.

With Andrey’s and Cecilia’s permission, here are 2 of those photos!

Andrey Filippov, PhD Mathematician Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Cecília Gândara, MA European Educational Programs Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

1. Wear: Blue

Many experts agree that blue is one of the best colors to wear for an interview. In fact, job-search website CareerBuilder hosted a study of 2,099 hiring managers and HR professionals, and blue was the most recommended interview outfit color. Respondents reported associating the color with someone who’s a team player. Cornell University’s career center also says the color “implies that you are trustworthy, honest, and credible.”

Now the question becomes: What shade of blue? That doesn’t really matter — as long as it’s not blindingly bright. Navy is a classic, of course, and a light, muted blue can be nice when paired with black or navy slacks. But be careful: Sometimes muted colors can cause you to come off as passive, according to Cornell’s career center.

2. Wear: Black

Black is a classic color, and it ranked second on CareerBuilder’s survey. Interviewers and recruiters most often associate it with leadership, while Cornell’s career center says it alludes to strength, authority, having leadership abilities, and timeliness. However, because black is such a powerful color, wear it to interviews only when appropriate.

“As a high-powered color, save it for high-powered interviews,” reports fashion brand Who What Wear. “Because black can come off as powerful and aloof, it’s ideal for top jobs and managerial positions, but it’s not great if you’re applying for something in customer service, retail, or anything entry-level.”

3. Wear: Gray

Once again, gray is a great neutral color to wear for job interviews. It can portray you as a logical and analytical professional.

Just one quick tip: If you have a tendency to sweat when you get nervous (no judgment), gray might not be the best color to wear on your big day. Sure, you can wear charcoal pants or blazer, but avoid wearing a gray blouse or button-down since it’ll show sweat.

4. Wear: White

Honestly, interviewees can’t go wrong with white. Pair a white shirt or blouse with some navy or gray slacks, and you’re good to go. The brain sees white as a pure color and indicative of someone who’s organized, detail oriented, and clean.

Plus, it’s easy to match — and even accessorize with a pop of color. “Essentially, go for the classics and add a bit of personality by throwing on fun and colorful accessories such as socks, necklaces, and ties,” suggests Cornell’s career center.

Whatever color you choose make sure your comfortable wearing that color.

You should feel confident in  what you are wearing to your interview and that means the clothes and the color