Career Advice

What to Wear For a Zoom Job interview?

Collaborated Careers 9 November

In many ways, a Zoom job interview is easier than an in-person interview. You don't have to worry about trying to fight traffic in order to arrive on time and you don't have to worry about trying to find the right building. But one thing hasn’t changed with Zoom interviews; you still have to worry about wearing the right outfit.

Wear What You Would Wear to the Actual Job

The rules about what to wear to a job interview remain the same whether it's a Zoom job interview or an in-person interview. You should wear what you would wear to the actual job, were you to be hired. You should also make sure that you are properly groomed so that your hairstyle and make up, if relevant, match the professional level of attire.

Wear the Entire Outfit, Not Just the Top

One big mistake that interviewees make is to try to get away with a shortcut during a Zoom job interview and only wear the top half of an interview outfit. This is a mistake for several reasons. First of all, you're going to feel a lot more confident and professional if you are wearing the entire outfit, and not just the top half. Secondly and more importantly, you want to be wearing the entire outfit because if you need to lean back or get up for any reason during the interview, you want to make sure that you’re dressed properly from head to toe. There have been many embarrassing reports about people who were on Zoom meetings and were only wearing the top half of an outfit. You don't want to be that person.

Wear Appropriate Accessories

Finally, a great tip for your Zoom interview is to wear appropriate accessories on your top half. For example, for women, you might want to wear a necklace or earrings or a tasteful hair accessory such as a hair band or decorative hair clip. For men, you might want to consider wearing a watch on your wrist or even a pocket square in your suit pocket if it's the kind of job where you would be wearing a suit to work.

These tips on what to wear for a Zoom job interview will help you stand out as the professional person that you are.