It’s a big moment, your first on-camera interview. While your mind ponders all the things you’re supposed to say, you may be overlooking one of the most important details of the day: Your Wardrobe! First impressions are everything, and the first thing viewers will notice before you even open your mouth is what you’re wearing.
Unless you’re Don Cherry, CBC Sports Broadcaster, follow these few tips on what’s appropriate and what will look great for a video interview.
1) Wear Simple, Solid Colors – Simplicity is best, it keeps the attention of the audience where it’s supposed to be, your face! Muted tones work best, avoid anything bright and distracting that will draw too much attention, like bright reds and yellows.
2) Avoid Blacks and Whites – Whites have a tendency to drown out your complexion, leaving you almost ghostlike on-camera. Blacks actually have the same effect, they require more light to show up on camera, leaving your face overexposed and washed out.
3) Lose the Patterns – Due to the way cameras process images, tight patterns like stripes or plaid often appear to vibrate or buzz on screen. Bold patterns can also be distracting. When in doubt, see Tip #1.
4) Ditch the Revealing Attire – What’s appropriate for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is definitely not appropriate for respectable productions. Short skirts and low cut blouses on women, and tight or open shirts on men, will divert an audience’s attention away from your face.
5) Leave the Shiny Jewelry at Home – Hanging jewelry often makes unwanted noise when you move that’s easily picked up by microphones. Jewelry choices should be simple and elegant, such as one fitted bracelet and/or necklace. Yes, ‘dat gangsta chain is fly,’ but anything that glints, shines or reflects is another major hazard for any production team.
6) Wear Strong, Sturdy Fabrics – Most likely, you’ll have a small microphone attached to your shirt for audio purposes. Though lightweight, these mics have cords that can pull on flimsy materials, creating weird creases and wrinkles.
7) Rethink Glasses – If you wear glasses all the time, wear them on-camera (with glareless lenses if at all possible). Otherwise, glasses can shield your eyes, severing your connection with the audience (especially if the glasses have tinted lenses).
8) Forget the Myth – They say the camera adds 10 pounds. This extremely common myth has been the bedrock of wardrobe calamities for decades, and it’s completely false. Stick to these tips and you’ll be fine.
And most importantly:
9) Be Comfortable – Your clothes should fit and you should feel comfortable wearing them. The slightest discomforts are more apparent that you think, especially when it comes to your mood and facial expression.
These simple tips are the key to appear prepared and professional for your video interview, giving you more time to focus on what’s really important: Your Words.