You shouldn’t wear orange to an interview, according to recruiting experts

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Recruiters recommend neutral tones - but orange can be associated with unprofessionalism.
  • Recruiters use job interviews to see whether a candidate is the right fit for a company.
  • Your teamwork skills, the way you speak, and the clothes you wear will be closely assessed.
  • Recruiters recommend neutral tones - but orange can be associated with unprofessionalism.
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When interviewing, recruiters pay close attention to various things when they're considering whether to progress or turn away an applicant, and it can sometimes come down to many little things that build up an "overall impression."

While a candidate's history, skills, qualifications, and experience are all crucial to their progression through the various stages of an application, it's undeniable that most recruiters will - even if unwittingly - judge a book by its cover.

Ultimately, your clothing will play some role in the process, even if only subconsciously. This is why choosing what to wear is, perhaps, almost as important as preparing your answers and questions.

Clothes say a lot about the person wearing them - they're loaded with connotations.

For example, expensive shoes and sneakers have long been used by the most powerful millennials as a status symbol.

Until you get where you want to be, however, it might be best not to show up to a job interview in a casual outfit, or wearing something too flashy that will distract the recruiter.

These are some of the conclusions reached by a study from job portal CareerBuilder.

The study examined the best and worst colors to wear in a job interview.

In the study, a sample of 2,099 human resources professionals across various industries and company sizes were asked to rate the best colors to wear to a job interview.

It's not particularly surprising that the majority recommended neutral colors like blue, black, and gray. These three topped the list as the shades most recommended by recruiters.

The least recommended color to wear in a job interview does stand out: orange topped the list of shades to avoid. The reasons for this were that the likelihood of being associated with a lack of professionalism while wearing orange was greater.

However, orange was sometimes associated with creativity, along with other colors such as green, yellow, or purple.

What to wear for a job interview

The best thing to do according to CareerBuilder is to plan your outfit out well ahead of your interview, so you don't have to throw something on at the last minute.

Of course, you should always choose the clothes that suit you best and feel comfortable, avoiding anything that's ill-fitting, too restricting, or too baggy.

The best option is to try to adapt the style of the company interviewing you.

You can check the company's social media profiles to find out if they have a particular dress code.

If you find their dress code is pretty casual, CareerBuilder suggests going for something a little more formal during the interview regardless, as you'll have plenty of time to whip out the shorts and flip-flops - if you get hired.

In addition, try avoiding flashy accessories or things like big bows, loud patterns, or oversized jewelry.

While there's some logic to wearing something memorable to make yourself stand out a little, you might distract the interviewer and they may spend more time wondering about your outfit than about your capabilities as a potential employee.

Finally, they recommend meticulousness.

Make sure your shoes are clean, your clothes well ironed, and even the smaller things, like making sure your nails are well-manicured.

Don't leave anything to chance when it comes to convincing someone you're the right person for the job.

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