HOW TO: Not Look Ugly in Your Skype Interviews – INFOGRAPHIC

How to look good on Skype and video interviews.

by Donna Svei on February 18, 2014

Do you have a video or Skype interview coming up? Oh joy. Have you noticed your friends look worse in selfies than they do IRL (in real life)? Way worse. So do you. Sorry. So do I. It’s the HD cameras in our phones and other connectivity devices. They’re brutal.

There’s debate, but also a general consensus, that HD cameras were invented just to make us look ugly. Someone will be going to Product Design Hell, a neighborhood in the Afterlife’s Design Hell Subdivision, for that. Even so, sadly and unjustly, we still have to use HD cameras to access Skype and other video services.

Jane Jetson experienced this problem way back in the future in 1962 and had a brilliant solution:


Fast Tube by Casper

I don’t know why, but Google is putting its development dollars into Glass while TOTALLY missing the market potential of the Jane Jetson mask.

What are you supposed to do until they catch on? This:

  1. Set everything up as described in the infographic below (H/T John Rose on G+).
  2. Experiment to find the most flattering camera level.
  3. Slap smooth on some painfully expensive HD makeup. (BTW, Sephora is not an affiliate. Yet.)
  4. Get dressed exactly as you would for an in-person interview.
  5. Do a dry run and have it critiqued by someone not too encumbered by tact.
  6. Make tweaks until you feel handsome/beautiful/etc.


How NOT to look Ugly on a Webcam
Done? Good. Now, because you probably skipped Step 3, go and get the makeup already. It’s formulated to make your skin look great on an HD camera. Maybe Sephora will make you a free sample. They do that sometimes. Ask. Now do “with and without” dry runs. Huge difference in your gorgeousness, right?

Good! Because I don’t want you fretting about how you look when you should be rocking your interview.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Patty Martin February 19, 2014 at 11:00


I love your posts, they are so practical and contain facts that everyone worries about – AFTER the fact. I think it is fantastic to PLAN for these events, there are not do-overs when making a first impression. Thanks for the advice, I hope all candidates whether male or female check this out.

Patty Martin
Talent Finders

Wow, thank you Patty! Donna

Eric Butts February 20, 2014 at 21:29

You got me! I passed on number but I have to admit I’m not really a makeup kind of guy…usually :)

Thank you for making me laugh Eric! Donna

William Sparks July 12, 2014 at 04:39

Thanks for compiling the most helpful information. It’s an important event, yet we so often don’t prepare.

Hi William! My pleasure. Thank you, Donna

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