Making a strong first impression for an interview is very important. You want to present yourself professionally and confidently to the interviewers. Interviews have looked a little different lately and it is more common for them to be conducted virtually. So, how do you dress to impress for an online interview? Well, I am here to share with you a few tips to make sure you are confident and ready for your next virtual interview.
It is critical that you research the company and be aware of their culture. If they are a business professional environment, you will want to dress very professional to fit their standard. This would mean a full business suit with a suit jacket and matching pants or a skirt. If they are a business casual environment, you still should look professional. This could be a nice blouse or a shirt and tie without a jacket. If the company is casual, I always recommend still dressing business casual. This could again be a blouse of some sort, and then a button up that still looks put together. You want to fit the company culture, but remember, it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed!
Now although you may be doing your interview online, you still should dress head to toe in the appropriate attire. Even if your interviewer is only seeing your face, you still should be completely ready. Having your attire complete will make you feel more confident and appear even more prepared. When you look good, you feel good; and when you feel good, you do good!
You also need to double check that your attire still looks presentable while seated where you will be doing your interview. I always tell candidates to do the “sit test” in their outfit. This way you will be sure your shirt does not wrinkle in a weird place and you are still comfortable. Take some time and sit in front of your computer and look at yourself in the reflection. If you are planning to wear any makeup for your interview, check in your monitor reflection to be sure nothing looks out of the ordinary. If you wear glasses, check that there is no bright light that causes a reflection on the lenses. This way the interviewer can still tell you are making eye contact.
For your online interview, always remember to have a background that is not distracting and limit any other noises or distractions that could take your attention away from the interview. Whatever you are wearing, be sure it is something that you are comfortable and confident in. The interviewer wants to get to know you and what you bring to the table, so always remember to be yourself.
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Beka Larson, Celebrity Staff
Beka grew up in Henderson, Nebraska and went to Nebraska Wesleyan University where she graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. Beka joined Celebrity Staff in October 2019 and is currently a Recruiter. Her favorite part of her job is building relationships with candidates and helping them find and utilize their talents in their career. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her friends and hitting the gym!