Why would anyone go into a professional meeting without wearing pants?
Sounds like a ridiculous question, but is it?
Video meetings and interviews are common today. Technology affords us great flexibility to help us overcome the challenges of geography and the costs of travel. We would never consider walking into a face to face business meeting without being properly dressed.
Why do it in a video call?
We've actually experienced seeing clients, highly educated and accomplished people, in their underwear or pajamas during a video call. They forgot and then had to stand to take care of something.
I know it sounds crazy. Most of the people reading this will say, "I would never do that." But, a much higher percentage (over half) of those we see in a professional setting on video calls are far too casual. They might be wearing an undershirt, hair a mess, unshaven, no makeup or many other less than professional things.
Always put your professional image forward in a professional setting. This includes video calls.
When we do mock interviews we ask our clients to dress as if it were a real interview. We need to evaluate the total image. You will also perform differently when wearing the uniform of a professional.