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In the world of TV, image is everything -- but you might not know it by looking at the attire of the average staff member. When they work long hours or are expected to all sorts of physical tasks, style may come second to comfort. However, what you wear on a regular workday is very different from what you should wear when you're going to a job interview. As such, preparing for a TV studio interview means you'll need to do your research and aim to make a good first impression.
Read over the job interview information provided to you by your recruiter or the human resources department at the TV studio. The hiring managers will sometimes specify whether you should wear "business casual" or "business" attire to the interview. Sometimes, a more casual outfit is called for because you're going to have a working interview, in which you may be expected to bend, move or carry objects. When that's the case, wearing a suit is going to cramp your style.
Check out the studio's Facebook page, website, Twitter account or other social media sites to find out something about the corporate culture. TV stations and film studios are often good about posting pictures of the studio or sharing activities around the office. That's one way they connect with viewers, and it will serve you well, since it gives you a glimpse into what other people are wearing in the workplace.
Ask the recruiter or hiring manager directly, if you're really worried about what to wear. It's generally a good idea to avoid bugging the recruiter with a lot of questions, but asking one question about the dress code is not likely to paint you as an annoyance.
Opt for clothing that is a step or two above the typical attire of the staff members on the same level as you. If you're applying to be the executive producer or studio manager, by all means wear a suit and shine your shoes. If you're applying to be a camera operator or editor -- jobs in which people typically dress pretty casually -- go for a nice button-down shirt and a pair of pressed pants, or a nice blouse and pencil skirt. What you wear helps to demonstrate your commitment to the job, so even if you plan to come to work in sweats in the future, don't do that for the job interview.
If you're headed to a TV studio to apply for an on-air position or to be interviewed on-air, you have a whole new set of clothing considerations. Ask the producer what you should wear, but in general, avoid clothing with small, repeating patterns, small stripes, polka dots or anything in bright white. These features don't look good on camera.
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