The Professional Colors You Should be Wearing!

By Kathy Bazan, BRC Consultant

Right out of college, my first career was as a career counselor. I interviewed people, found them jobs for which they could interview, wrote their résumés, coached them on interviewing techniques, and negotiated their compensation.

Part of preparing my clients for their interviews was making sure they were dressed professionally and used color to their best advantage. For that reason, I always suggested that my clients wear something which matched their eye color. Why? It makes it appear that you have constant eye contact with the interviewer even if you are gazing out the window. A scarf, earrings, or a tie are usually enough to accomplish this!

Now that we live in a world of Zoom calls, CareerBuilder.com has found there are additional colors you may wish to consider if you are interviewing for a job or meeting a client:

  • Black indicates leadership.
  • Blue shows that you are a team player.
  • Gray communicates that you are smart and logical.

What is the worst color? Orange. Employers see orange as being very unprofessional.

If you have green eyes, can you still wear a green tie or a scarf with a black suit? Absolutely! The other combinations work too!

Kathy Bazan, BRC Consultant to Business Owners
BRCConsultant@TualatinChamber.com
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