What Should I Wear When Being Interviewed?

At 522, we conduct quite a bit of interviews and this helps to support the stories we tell.

Before conducting interviews, we always like to prepare talent. One of the key considerations involves the talent’s wardrobe. Any organization featured on-camera needs to consider both functional and technical requirements.

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Functional Wardrobe Requirements

Quite simply, it is important to be comfortable with your wardrobe while appearing on camera. The wardrobe should coincide with how you normally dress in your environment. If you’d like to have your organization appear very casual, then make sure the wardrobe selection fits this style. Jeans and a t-shirt may work well if you’re looking to convey a casual workplace. Furthermore, if you’d like to appear more formal, then a shirt and tie may be more appropriate. As with many aspects of video, it’s always important to remember who your audience is and what story you’re trying to tell.

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Technical Wardrobe Requirements

In addition to functional requirements, there are some technical requirements with a talent’s wardrobe that need to be considered. Some clothing can cause exposure issues and can be distracting to the viewer. Here’s a breakdown on what to wear and not wear if you’re going to be interviewed on-camera:

What To Wear

  • If possible, try to wear something that’s buttoned down – the benefit of a buttoned down shirt is that it provides a good place to attach the microphone
  • If possible, bring a few clothing options. This gives flexibility in the event someone else wears something similar, a color clashes with the background, etc.
  • Wear something that goes good with and without a suit jacket/blazer. Depending on the mood of the interview we may want you to be more or less formal.
  • Men – Always bring multiple tie options

What NOT To Wear

  • Avoid wearing a bright red shirt
  • Try to avoid tight patterns – this can create an odd zigzag pattern on film
  • Try not to wear an all white or all black shirt – an all white shirt will appear too bright on camera (this does not mean you cannot wear white or black – for example, a white shirt can be worn under a dark blazer)
  • Avoid wearing turtlenecks
  • Jewelry – we may have to ask you to remove larger pieces during the interview – this is primarily for sound purposes

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