Does the Colour of a Candidate’s Clothes Have an Impact on the Interview?

June 23, 2015

Does the Colour of a Candidate’s Clothes Have an Impact on the Interview?

Choosing the right job interview clothes is a big thing for many candidates.

As an interviewer, you probably haven’t ever though to yourself “I want to hire that person because her trousers are blue!”… but did you know that according to colour psychologists, interview clothes colours can actually have a big impact on the interview, and can even influence how the interviewer perceives the candidate?


According to certain colour psychologists, blue is the best colour choice for an interview – not only does it apparently suggest trustworthiness, but it’s also the favourite colour of most people, meaning there’s a good chance of getting into the interviewer’s good books before the first word has even been spoken.


Grey is supposedly another great choice of interview clothes colour – again, just like with blue, it apparently suggests trustworthiness; at the same time, it says things like “sensible”, “formal” and “professional”. According to colour psychologists, grey is the best choice for most corporate interview settings.


Although black is a very popular choice when it comes to job interview clothes, it seems that it isn’t always as strong a choice as blue or grey – rather than primarily suggesting trustworthiness, it apparently suggests a greater level of authority. Of course, this can be a good or a bad thing depending on the job role (and depending on how protective of the pecking order the interview is feeling that morning).

Brown & Green

Both brown and green can be regarded as a little bit ‘alternative’ or ‘out there’. They are not conventional colours for most corporate roles, and may put a barrier between the candidate and the interviewer – but for some roles, expressing your uniqueness is actually a desirable trait; and it is these sort of roles that colour psychologists suggest are most receptive of brown and green job interview clothes colours.

Does Colour Influence YOUR Opinion?

What’s the most stand-out interview you’ve ever conducted – and did the colour of the candidate’s clothes play any part in this?

Do you consciously clock the colour of candidate’s clothes and use this as one of your selection metrics?

What’s your favourite colour?

Leave us a comment and let us know!


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