You may have a few standard outfits that you rely on when going to a job interview, but what about a Skype interview? Those same outfits won’t always work on a computer screen. A Skype interview isn’t the time to make a wardrobe statement – you’ve got to keep it simple. Here are a few tips for figuring out what to wear:
1. Wear solid colors. Patterns will distract the interviewer and don’t always look good on screen. Choose a colored top (white can make you look washed-out), sit in front of a neutral backdrop, and avoid clunky jewelry. The focus should be on your face.
2. Dress as formally or informally as you would for an in-person interview. Try to figure out what the typical office dress is at that company and use that as a guide. For example, if you’re doing a Skype interview for a very buttoned-up corporation, wear a suit. We also recommend wearing the full outfit, not just a formal top with sweatpants. You’ll probably feel the part if you commit to dressing the part. But if you’re more comfortable on camera with your pajama pants on, that’s fine too (just make sure you don’t stand up!).
3. Dress modestly. This mostly goes for women – don’t wear a v-neck or sleeveless top to a Skype interview. The computer will make your v-neck appear more low cut than it is in real life, and showing off your shoulders will look too casual on screen. Find a modest blouse or dress that hits your collarbone and covers your shoulders. Short sleeves are fine.
Most importantly, test your outfit the night before your interview. While you’re doing your tech check, ask a friend to provide feedback on your clothing (and makeup, if applicable) and adjust it as necessary.
--Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan