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What to Wear for Your Virtual Interview (Depending on Your Industry)

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By Madeleine Kim

Are you searching for a new position? Looking for candidates to join your team? In-the-know about companies hiring during COVID? We created a job board to help members of the M.M. community network, connect, and help each other out during this challenging time. Click here to view the job board, and read on for our guide to virtual-interview dressing.

Navigating what to wear as you work from home is strange. But even stranger is the process of selecting an outfit for a virtual job interview. Interview dressing is all about looking capable, polished, and, to some extent, by-the-book. Remote-work style, on the other hand, is lawless. A sheath dress with a cashmere shawl and some tie-dye socks? Sure. A button-up and blazer with pajama shorts? We’ve been there

But when it comes to dressing for your virtual interview, we take a firm stance: Get fully dressed, including shoes (that haven’t seen the outdoors for several days, of course). Wearing shoes inside might feel weird (I’m half Korean, so to me, it feels extremely weird)—but that’s kind of the point. Looking the part isn’t just for your potential future employer’s sake; it also helps you feel the part. (Plus, wearing shoes will remind you that just because your feet are off-camera doesn’t mean you should prop them up on the table mid-interview.) Here are virtual-interview outfits for five different industries, modeled by M.M. employees.

Law

You should dress conservatively for your law interview, but that doesn’t mean you need to wear a black suit. Try navy for a look that’s fresh and summer-ready (dare I say nautical?)—but still undeniably classic. For your underpinning, stick with a crisp, light-colored button-down. The machine-washable Lagarde shirt has a beautiful gold button at the neck to give your Zoom look some shine—and it looks great with jeans and some sleek earrings for your post-interview stroll around the block.

Startup

Startups tend to have relaxed dress codes, so feel free to mix things up with non-traditional neutrals and unexpected textures. Stand out from the super-casual masses by wearing the Merritt jardigan, which has a more relaxed vibe than your standard blazer, but sharp lapels that place it firmly in the interview-friendly zone. Pair it with other light neutrals for a look that’s fresh, cool, and perfectly professional.

Finance

When you wear hibiscus, you exude confidence—exactly what you need when the person in your screen is grilling you on the ins and outs of your resume. Offset the vibrant color with some clean lines, and tie it all together with complementary rose-colored shoes. (Warning: You might feel compelled to take mirror selfies in this outfit. Do it—and then send them our way.)

Tech

If the trendsetters of the tech industry really want you to wear a T-shirt to work, so be it. The Choe top has the cut of a classic tee, but with a tailored fit and sleek, knit material that make it decidedly professional. Pair it with the Carson blazer, which has a slightly boxy cut and ¾-length sleeves that give it an edgier feel than your typical jacket. Simple gold hoops will complete the I-tried-but-not-too-hard look.

Healthcare

If you work in the healthcare industry right now, thank you. Also: You deserve mood-boosting colors and machine-washable fabrics. The Carrie top in primrose is polished and professional, and it looks great on Zoom. Wear it with the dove-colored Mejia pants to channel sunny-day energy, even though you’re indoors.

Madeleine Kim

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is a Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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