Video Interview: What to Wear

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August 27, 2020
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Covid-19 has caused more things to be done remotely and job interviews are certainly no exception. Job seekers should be prepared to have phone or video interviews if they are in the midst of the hiring process. Companies are using video interviews more since they are more personal than phone calls and are a better alternative to an in-person interview these days.

In this article, we'll discuss tips for video interviews to make sure you are prepared for your next job interview. We'll also take a look at what you should wear during a video job interview to make the best impression.

Tips on video interviewing attire

Make sure you look professional regardless of the type of interview. A video interview is as important as an in-person one, and your appearance should reflect that. The good news for job seekers with a video interview is that you don't have to be as dressed up. Typically the interviewer will only see your face and shirt on the camera. This means you can wear something comfortable on the bottom, yes even sweatpants!

Video interview outfit options for men

  • A suit jacket and a button-down shirt with or without a tie
  • A button-down shirt
  • A sweater

Video job interview attire for women

  • A blouse
  • A shirt with a cardigan
  • A top with a blazer
  • Button-down shirt

For men and women, one of the best video interview tips is to give the best impression you can. Check what is visible in your camera. While you can be more comfortable, you don't want to seem too casual. Even if the company is business casual, overdress for your video interview.

Job seekers will want to stick to simple colors and patterns. Black, navy, and gray are always safe basics. Don't wear a lot of jewelry or makeup. You want your clothes to represent your personal style without being distracting.

Preparing for your video interview

Before video interviews, you will want to make sure everything is working and set up properly. Another one of the best interview tips when having a video chat is do a trial run. Ask a friend or family member to do a video call with you. This way you can make sure everything works the way you expect it to.

  • Test your wifi and internet connection
  • Position your camera so you can see at least your head and shoulders
  • Confirm the video platform the interviewer will be using works (Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom)
  • How is the lighting? Do you need to use lamps or close the window blinds?
  • Test your microphone, headphones, headset, and speakers
  • Choose a room with a simple background. Avoid sitting on your bed
  • Check what is visible on the camera. Can you see the table or desk you are sitting at?
  • Practice your eye contact and body language
  • Keep a glass or bottle of water nearby
  • Have a notepad, pen, and copy of your resume

During your conversation, be mindful of your body language. The interviewer could be distracted by too many hand gestures. If you are a person that fidgets, practice keeping your hands in your lap.

Your video interview location is key. Avoid distractions from roommates, family members, or pets. If you have to take a video interview in public, choose a quiet place like a library. Make sure you give yourself time to test the internet connection and your webcam or camera.

With video interviewing becoming a more common way to conduct interviews, the interviewer will expect you to be prepared. Pay close attention to the hiring manager and the interview questions they ask. Your preparation should include practicing answers to commonly asked interview questions. Have a question or two prepared to ask the interviewer and always send a thank-you note.

Final tips on video interviews

Companies have adjusted the way they are handling the hiring process in this time of crisis. Make sure you treat all video interviews the way you would an in-person interview. You want to wear professional clothing that is visible on the camera.

Don't forget to do a test run. This will confirm your equipment is in working order. Ask someone to clarify what they see on the computer screen. Choose a quiet setting and avoid noise. Do not sit in a room full of clutter. If you get nervous, try some breathing exercises to control your nerves.

The job seeker will want to make a connection with their potential employer. Make sure you make eye contact and watch your posture. Keep your phone nearby in case there are any difficulties when the call starts. Address any audio or video trouble as soon as it happens.

Candidates can make a great first impression even on a video interview. You have the opportunity to show the interviewer you are the right person for the role, and that starts with your appearance. Dress appropriately remember to smile and speak with confidence, and you will be on the road to your next career in no time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does attire for a video interview differ from an in-person interview?

For a video interview, while professional attire is still important, you should focus on wearing solid colors that look good on camera and avoid patterns that can be distracting or cause moiré effects. Ensure your outfit looks good from the waist up, as that's what will be most visible on screen. Comfort is also key, as it can help you maintain a relaxed and confident demeanor throughout the interview.

Should I wear makeup for a video interview, and if so, how much?

Wearing makeup for a video interview can help you look polished and professional. Opt for a natural look with neutral tones to enhance your features without appearing overdone. The goal is to look like the best version of yourself on camera, so avoid heavy makeup that might not translate well through the screen.

Can my choice of clothing color impact my video interview success?

Yes, colors can have a psychological impact and convey certain messages. For instance, blue is often associated with trust and calmness, making it a good choice for interviews. Avoid very bright colors that can be distracting and white or black that can affect camera exposure. Choose mid-tone colors that complement your skin tone and the background to ensure you stand out positively.

Dave Fano

Founder and CEO of Teal, Dave is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience building products & services to help people leverage technology and achieve more with less.

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