The bottom line is – be yourself. It is best to be comfortable and confident.
For most interview situations, the audience want to see authenticity – they want to meet the real you exactly as if they had nipped into your office for a chat. So on that basis, if you are preparing for an interview – wear what you would normally wear for your work environment. Simple as.
In the good old days of. ooh, 5 years ago, cameras were not quite what they are today. Certain colours did not reproduce well, certain stripped shirts played havoc with line patterns on the screen (called ‘Moire Patterns’ for the technically minded) and there were rules and regulations as to what was technically forbidden wear.
Or technically forbidden to wear.
These days things are easier but occasionally mad line patterns do still occur. We have only had an issue when downsizing videos for use on smaller screens – on those situations there may be a slight risk of Moire.
To be safe it is probably wise to avoid:
- narrow stripped shirts
- herringbone pattern cloth
Plain solid neutral colours are always good.
Finally, some things ‘shout’ out of an image and can be distracting so you might want to consider avoiding loud logos with words on that demand to be read, hot red and very bright colours.
In the world of transitional portraiture (yes, I started out as a portrait photographer in the last century) we would say to avoid anything that distracts from your skin tones but these days things are a bit more relaxed. Fashion in clothing and fashion in image styles move back and forth like an ebbing tide.
So, to sum up – be yourself! And if you can, avoid narrow stripes, bright colours and tee-shirts with ‘get stuffed’ written on them in large letters.
I hope that helps.