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Video Interviews: What Not to Wear

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by Kala Montoya

relaxAn on-camera appearance is a great opportunity to share your story or thoughts on an issue close to your heart.  I don’t know about you, but most people get a little nervous when they think about being in front of the camera.  The first thing to do – in the words of my favorite Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers – R-E-L-A-X!  Many of you also ask… what should I wear for my interview?  Here are some tips to help answer that question and to help you look your best.

First, what NOT to wear!


Pure white or black:
  The extremes of these colors can make it a bit more difficult for the camera to balance exposures.

Competing Colors:  Colors that may compete with your complexion or the color of the backdrop.  For instance, you don’t want to wear green if your interview is in front of a green screen.  You don’t want to wear red if you’ll be in front of a red backdrop.

Flashy accessories:  For women, elaborate jewelry can distract the viewers from what you’re talking about.  In this case, less is more!

Shiny lip gloss:  Along with the lights, it may cause some reflection.  Just use a light hand with lip gloss.

Heavy Make-Up:  You want to be comfortable and look natural.  Our crew always has

What Not to Wear

What Not to Wear

powder on-hand to help with any shine created by the lights, so no need to over-powder ahead of time.

Busy Patterns or Stripes:  These tend to dance on-screen.

Now, suggestions on what TO wear!


Solid Colors:
  Jewel or earthy tones and blues look beautiful on-camera.

What to Wear

What to Wear

Contrasting Colors:  A blue dress shirt with a gray jacket.  The contrast can add a little pop!

Tone-appropriate clothing:  This largely depends on the message of your video and how you’d like to appear.  If it’s a business piece, a suit jacket might be the best look.  If it’s about a volunteer event, you may want to wear something more casual.  Dress to what you’re talking about.

For more tips on what to expect from your next video interview opportunity, check out our blog, Successful Q&A, Interviewing Advice.

 

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