Show your colors at interviews

A study shows that most of you dream about a better job with higher pay, more benefits, and better perks. But isn’t that an impossible dream in this sluggish job market? It’s really not. There are jobs to be had out there.

But the traditional ways to snag a job may not cut it. Another survey survey shows more than sixty percent of companies have changed what they’re looking for in a candidate in terms of interviewing and in what you wear to an interview. The only thing that hasn’t changed is how to prepare for interviews.

You used to be advised to wear a power color—a blue suit for men and women was always safe. The dress for men has remained fairly static with navy blue and dark gray suits. It’s women’s styles that have changed.

Back in the day of not too long ago, women were expected to wear red, navy, or black. Today, other power colors have appeared, says an article in Women’s World. Soft down-to-earth neutrals like gray, brown, and plum are other power colors that work. Those colors say, “I’m approachable” and signal that you’re a corporate-minded worker who is also open, caring, realistic, and grounded.

Those are the qualities employers say they’re now looking for.

While interviews have changed over the years, interview preparation has remained the same as I mentioned above. Follow this link to “How To Prapair For A Job Interview,” a related article on Your Career Service.

You’ll find more information on this topic in my book Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach and the chapter titled: “Dressing For Success Isn’t Just For Job Interviews.”

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Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.