Originally Posted by Tony Romo
I almost never wear black shoes because I don't really like the color that much. However, should I be wearing black captoes to interviews with a navy suit?
Yes, whether or not you like them.
Unless you are being interviewed for a very high level position in which your professional judgement and advise is what you are being interviewed for. In that case you would be expected to wear whatever you deam most appropriate - and it better be good.
When being interviewed for entry level to middle management the expectation is that you should be a person who is willing to do as you are told to do on the job. And if you show up breaking the most obvious of rules you are sending absolutely the wrong message. Why take that risk?
I've interviewed quite a few job candidates over the years and you should realize that the person doing the interview has very little time to actually evaluate you - you are most likely one of ten people being interviewed for a position. Because of that lack of time many people use some 'shorthand' evaluation techniques. I have a three strikes, your out policy: 1.) Typos or grammer errors in resume or cover letter, 2.) Badly groomed fingernails, 3.) Shoes any color but black. Is it fair? Probably not really, but it certainly shows a generally 'lax' attention to detail and I gotta make decisions fairly quickly.