What Should You Wear For a Video Interview

I saw a poll on LinkedIn that asked this question. It missed the point (as did a few of the commenters). Here’s how to think of it.

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What do you wear to a video interview? I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career and leadership coach and former executive recruiter. And I saw this as a poll on LinkedIn. There were three choices that were offered-- anything because it doesn't matter, a nice shirt, full suit and tie. And to which someone commented, "full suit and tie, just in case they asked me to stand up."

No one's going to ask you to stand up.

I would say, male or female, you were a nice top and, and I want you to think of that top, that blouse, that shirt in a little bit of a different way than you might have previously.

For example, what I'm wearing today, I would never wear to a video interview. You have to look at it in the context of how do you pop on camera versus your background. So your background is important and your ability to stand out against that background is important, as well. This is too busy, I would go for something simpler, I would go for something darker. At the time I'm recording this, it's a little bit after 7am. Eastern Time, the sun isn't up yet over the mountain where I live, I have a ring light on, you'll notice some glare that showing up and some shadows despite the light, I don't have it pointed directly at me because, frankly, my eyes get hurt by it. So I have a point it indirectly to me, There's some shadow at this hour. You want to be able to see what you're going to look like on camera. But more importantly, how you stand out from your backdrop.

A shirt with sleeves, blouse with sleeves, again, I'm talking to you on camera. I'm using this as an illustration of what not to do. I have my microphones sticking out a little bit. Frankly, if I were you I would have it back a little bit so it wouldn't leave someone asking, "Gee, what's that thing over there?" They may figure out it's a microphone, but more importantly, it's a distraction. Look for things that cause you to stand out in a positive way.

If you look over my right shoulder, you see a book on the coffee table there. I don't I wouldn't leave something out that would cause someone to look at the book. The plants are fine, the painting is fine. But think in terms of how you stand out on camera versus your backdrop.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes.

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