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12th Aug 2023

Apparently, you should never wear orange to a job interview

don't wear this colour to a job interview

Are you searching for a new job? Then you need to avoid wearing orange.

Preparing for a job interview can be a rather stressful event, both trying to anticipate what they are going to ask you and also trying to figure out what the heck you are going to wear.

Often, we try to match our outfits to the type of clothing you can imagine someone in your new workplace wearing. Is it very formal? Cool and informal? Sort of in-between?

Did you know there is one particular colour you should avoid wearing to a job interview? The colour orange might be all sorts of lovely and fresh in other circumstances, but in a job interview situation, you should probably opt for another hue, according to a career expert at Snagajob.

“Research over the last 50 years has helped us to understand that 75% of a face-to-face conversation is non-verbal,” she explains to Purewow.

“Words are used primarily to convey information, while body language, facial expressions and personal presentation are used to evaluate interpersonal attitudes and trust. While orange might be your favourite colour, on the receiving end, orange can unintentionally communicate that you are an attention-seeking, over-confident candidate.”

“No hiring manager wants a potential egomaniac on their hands,” the Snagajob careers expert explains.

“Of course, they want someone who doesn’t need a ton of hand-holding, but they don’t want someone who’s going to step over toes or negatively impact their team because they feel like they can do everyone else’s job.”

“Colour psychology affects perception, even when we don’t realize its influence, so you don’t want to give the interviewer an impression that works against what you’re trying to convey because of your orange top.”