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How Should You Dress For a Video Interview?

A video interview is not different to an in-person interview. Both bring the same level of nervousness. Both require the same level of confidence from the candidate.

With that said, you might have an advantage of not showing your complete attire to your interviewer. A webcam, which is most likely to be main tool for a video communication, focuses more on your body above waist. Mostly, your face.

Still, if it is a comprehensive video conference-type interview, where more than one interviewers are participating, and you need to stand up, you should wear a professional dress.

Camera lenses are sensitive to colors. So, make a right selection of colors. They should complement your complexion, light at interview’s place and overall environment in which an interview is going to be conducted.

Here is what we suggest you should do:

Dress Professionally

Other than Camera’s sensitivity to colors, consider it a normal and in-person interview. Imagine you are going to sit in front of your interviewer face-to-face.

It would make you realize that you need to dress as professionally for a video interview as you would do for an in-person one.

A skirt, dress pants and coat or hose, there are many outfits you can consider worth wearing at the time of interview. A skirt is better especially when you have to stand up in front of your cam.

As far colors, pick same professional and sober soft colors as you would do for a face-to-face interview.

Pay equally particular attention to your shoes, even when you do not have to stand up.

Another crucial benefit of taking special care to your professional dressing need is that it would give you same amount of confidence as it would do during your in-office interview.

A casual or loose dress including shoes might keep dragging your attention away from interview. It is not a good omen when it happens at a crucial time, especially when you are in a quick-thinking mode to answer a question.

Soft and solid colors

Colors of your clothes act the same way your make-up does for your complexion. A face without make-up would may look like you’re not prepared. Similarly, vague colors would not complement texture of your dress.

Plain, solid and soft colors are the best to camera’s eye. You can also select colors according to your taste or dress code.

Keep the point – professionalism – at focus of whatever you wear. Your dress should boost your confidence and overall persona.

There is no here-and-there thinking opportunity for you. Don’t even think of trying something that you are not sure how would you look in it.

Select a dress, even one you have worn it so many times before, if it keeps you normal and confident.

No Patterns

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By all means, avoid patterns. They are not good to go on cam. You would appear unprofessional, and it might your ruin your case, even when you are confident that you have done well.

You don’t know how pattern are received and perceived by your interview on other end, and if they get a slightly negative impression, they might make it a point in your interview score.

It is recommended that before appearing for your interview on cam do some homework, and know what people in your prospective organization wear. This would give you an idea how you can dress for the occasion.

Nonetheless, as said, whatever you wear, keep it professional and wear it professionally. It is more than the selection of dress; colors you pick and tone you select would equally be important.

General tips

  1. Test your equipment before interview. This includes cam, audio, handsfree/earpiece/headphones.
  2. Check out how light at the place you have selected for interview behaves. Is it too bright, too dim or is it sufficient enough for the cam?
  3. Do a bit of rehearsal on your own to see all is good to go and would sustain during the interview time.
  4. Select a quiet place for the interview. It should not be accessible by any members of your family, especially children.
  5. Check your internet connection, power-supply and other tools that would facilitate your interview to avoid an end-time embarrassment.
  6. During interview, maintain a proper posture and depict through gestures that you are interactively involved in the process.
  7. Listen to questions carefully and pause for a moment before starting with your answers.
  8. Have a glass of water with you at your table. You might need it during the interview, to clear your throat or otherwise.

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