Essential Tips for a Successful Video Interview #2 – What to Wear

What to Wear for a Video Interview
When it comes to video interviews, you may be confused as to what you should wear. Should you treat it as a proper face-to-face interview? Or is it more relaxed as you are filming in the comfort of your own home? It’s all dependent on who you are being interviewed by.

To help you choose your outfit wisely, we have shared some of our essential tips on what you should and shouldn’t wear for a successful video interview below:

What to Wear

When preparing for your video interview, it is important that you look as though you are already part of the company. By doing some background research to get a feel of what the company is all about, you’ll be able to find out how to fit in. Are they corporate and smart? Or do they seem laid back, relaxed and casual? If your research doesn’t seem to go anywhere, you can always ring the HR department and ask them about the dress code. Don’t worry, it won’t reflect badly on you, it will show your initiative and that you are prepared.

Match the Dress Code

If the company is formal, ensure you follow that vibe by wearing a two piece suit, however, if the dress code is more relaxed and casual why not opt for a jacket, shirt and smart trousers or knee length skirt? Avoid patterned ties or jackets as this can be very distracting. If you are in any doubt, it is better to be overdressed and err on the side of caution by wearing your best, formal clothing to create a good impression.

Traditional Colours

When choosing what colours to wear for your video interview, ensure you stick to dark, traditional colours that do not reflect poorly on camera. Test your outfit prior to the interview and make sure no fuzzy patterns show up on screen, adjusting your lighting if needed. Colours such as black, navy, grey, dark purple or cream should work perfectly.

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What to Avoid

Now that you are aware of the basics on what to wear for a video interview, it is important we highlight what you should avoid when preparing your outfit for your online video interview. For example:

Too Much Jewellery

Wearing a lot of jewellery, especially big and bold statement pieces, will distract your interviewer and can overpower your voice if you jingle every time you move. Do you really want to lose out on your dream job because your jewellery made more of an impact than you did? No, we didn’t think so. Therefore, we suggest that you limit the amount of jewellery and choose carefully. Dainty jewellery should work fine, stick to no more than two rings, one necklace, one bracelet and understated earrings.

Stripes or Fuzzy Patterns

Stripes and fuzzy patterns can also be very distracting as they show up strangely on camera, you want the interviewer to listen to what you have to say, not sit there staring at your neon yellow duck covered bow tie or fuzzy patterned blazer.

Bright White Clothing

White clothing can reflect light and bounce directly into the camera, meaning you have a high chance of dazzling your interviewer, and not in a good way, especially if you are using studio lights. Therefore, we suggest that you stick to darker colours and avoid shining too brightly.

To find out more about what you should or shouldn’t wear for your upcoming video interview, contact Jobzilla today on 0203 507 1717, email to or by filling out the contact form on our contact page.