I am about to lose my job due to epidemic budget cuts, and I am feeling hopeless. Now I have to do a zoom interview, and I don’t know what to wear. I considered a black blazer, dress, jewelry and makeup, but worried it looked too weird and old school. I also thought of beautiful hippie blouses with embroidery and floral patterns, but I am worried that by no means respectable. I am interviewing in non-profit, corporate communications and higher ed jobs. any idea? – Elizabeth, Brooklyn, NY
I am sorry to hear about your situation. Starting a job search through Zoom over the course of a year, which has been challenging in many ways, is really difficult, and there is no way out for it. The interview covers many snap and subconscious decisions, which go far beyond experience and synergy, and they are harder to manage through just a computer screen.
After all, every office has its own subculture, without its own dress code. In his book, venture capitalist and Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel wrote “zero one, “” Everyone carefully ‘curates’ their outward appearances to avoid slaps.
That said, there are some basic rules that will help you for a remote interview.
While it may entice your character and personality to play through the curtains with colorful and idiosyncratic clothing, you don’t want your clothes to divert attention from what you’re saying. It’s good to be memorable, but not because of the weird Bart Simpson pin you’re wearing.
This means that there is nothing that is fiddly (bandages), noise (dangerous ornaments) or otherwise unpredictable (sequins).
At the same time, and as you point out, dressing as if you’re about to enter the “Wall Street” version of Oliver Stone can also be a backfire. No one can do that the previous year had no existence, and to deny its effect, or the fact that we will all go back to a changed world, is probably a mistake.
Yet because you do not have the benefit of seeing an actual office and how it is decorated and how people dress in it – all suggestions of priorities in a specific workplace – you do not use them as a way of presenting yourself. Can do.
So what do you do?
I asked Florian de Saint Pierre, one of the most respected headhunters (and women of great style) in fashion, what advice she would give. “I would recommend playing safe,” he wrote, noting that neutrals with a clean line are probably the best. It is not bowing down to the most conservative element in society. It is removing the clothes of the field of justice. It does not empower them; It empowers you.
The simplest answer is a black jacket, perhaps with a T-shirt or jewel-neck shell instead of a decorative blouse, or a dark turtleneck or crew-neck sweater. Keep it simple and straightforward and timeless. (Also for the zoom background; think about what’s in the back of your head.) The message should have competence, confidence, and control. As well as modernity.
Kamala Harris is a good model for this. She is an expert in dressing to assert her right without any distraction.
And although it might be tempting to think that the reverse of the zoom interview means that at least you don’t have to worry about what to wear below the waist, or – hooray – whether I wear heels or not, I sweat against Would recommend and sandal. After all, the psychology you are considering is also your own.