How To Dress For An Online Interview

Does what you wear to an online job interview matter?


While your prospective employer is not going to base their entire hiring decision on your clothing, there’s no doubt that what you wear says a lot about what type of employee you will be.

When dressing for your video job interview, keep professionalism a priority. You want to make the best possible first impression, and a polished and put together presentation creates visual cues that you’re a serious candidate worth hiring.

Read on for more tips on what to wear for your next online interview.

What To Wear For An Online Interview

Since the arrival of COVID-19, the option to work from home is frequently mentioned in job advertisements and video interviews are a natural part of this process. And just as an online interview will follow a similar format to an in-person interview, so too should you follow the general rules for dressing for a job interview. Even though you’ll only be visible from the waist up, a complete professional outfit (including shoes) will make you feel more confident and avoid any embarrassing moments should you need to stand up or adjust your camera. 

It’s also a good idea to consider the culture of the company as well as what looks professional and appropriate on you. Different businesses have different dress codes, and in 2022, things aren’t the same as they used to be. In the corporate world, suits are sometimes in and sometimes out, depending on the industry. Nowadays, it also depends heavily on the attitude and vibe of the company. For example, a youthful start-up may present itself as a more laid-back enterprise, where ‘business casual’ is expected. Here, showing up in a 3-piece suit might appear too formal or out of touch. Male candidates interviewing at this type of company may prefer a long-sleeve button-up shirt, trousers, and dress shoes. This is a slightly more casual look that still demonstrates you are serious about the position and about your career. Women can wear a more casual dress or a skirt and blouse, or trousers and blouse combination.

Some companies may still adhere to a more traditional dress code. In these interviews, a suit with a tie would be appropriate for men, and heels with a sophisticated skirt or pant suit will work well for ladies.

If there’s doubt about what dress code to expect, don’t be afraid to do a little research. Perusing a company website can make it fairly easy to get an idea of their corporate culture and attitude.

General Tips For An Online Interview

Nothing can replace in-person communication for making a positive first impression, but the following tips will have you well on your way towards a successful interview. 

  • Test Your Equipment – Make sure your audio, video and connectivity are all working at least half an hour before your scheduled interview.
  • Choose an Appropriate Background – A neutral background with good lighting is always best. Avoid cluttered areas and televisions, and try to find a quiet, tidy area of your house where you won’t be interrupted. 
  • Be On Time – When it comes to a job interview, too early is far better than late! Don’t be afraid to join the meeting a few minutes early, even though it may feel a little awkward. 
  • Practice and Prepare – You might think you are familiar with your work experience and skills, but it never hurts to practice talking about them and how they relate to the position you are applying for so you don’t get caught off guard. If it’s your first job, prepare to talk about your studies and another informal work experience you have. And remember, interviews aren’t always about you! Arm yourself with some knowledge about the company so you can ask questions – this is a reliable method of creating a good first impression!
  • Look into the Camera – Looking into the camera is the equivalent of making eye contact during an in-person interview. Try not to look at yourself on the screen and turn off notifications on your devices so you aren’t distracted. 
  • Don’t Rush – Nerves can make you talk faster, and without the nonverbal communication cues of an in-person meeting, it’s more difficult to assess when to start and stop speaking. Taking a short pause before you start speaking will prevent you from cutting off other speakers. 

Final Thoughts

In the end, being prepared will help go a long way towards making a great first impression. And feeling confident in what you’re wearing helps keep you calm and confident during the interview itself.

Also, remember, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. This shows that you’ve made a genuine effort for your interview, which reflects better than being casually, or worse, sloppily dressed. 

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