Is black or navy blue suited for an interview in Florida?
The Career Doctor responds:
It’s probably one of the most overused phrases in job-hunting but also one of the
most underutilized by job-seekers: dress for success. In job-hunting first impressions are critical. Remember you are marketing a product — yourself — to
a potential employer and the first thing the employer sees when greeting you is
your attire; thus you must make every effort to have the proper dress for the type
of job you are seeking. Will dressing properly get you the job? Of course not
but it will give you a competitive edge and a positive first impression.
Is black or navy better? If you are a man I think either is fine as is a charcoal grey.
And in Florida I think the fabric weight might be a more important issue. If you are
a woman there are a couple of other color choices such as a vibrant red. You can
also accent darker suits with a more colorful tie (men) or scarf (women). As for
my personal tastes — I never liked black and have actually never even owned a
black suit; seems more for funerals than job interviews.
How do you know how to dress for an interview? Dressing conservatively is always
the safest route but you should also try and do a little investigating of your
prospective employer so that what you wear to the interview makes you look as
though you fit in with the organization. If you overdress (which is rare but can
happen) or underdress (the more likely scenario) the prospective employer may
feel that you don’t care enough about the job.
Read more in my article published on Quintessential Careers:
Job-Hunting: Dress for Success.