How to Not Look Ugly in Your Video Interview

Do you have a video interview coming up? Slack? Skype? Zoom? FaceTime? Oh, joy.

Have you noticed you look worse in video chats than you do in real life? Way worse? Sorry. So do I.

It’s the evil HD cameras in our phones and other devices. They’re brutal.

Jane Jetson Had a Brilliant Fix

Jane Jetson experienced this problem in 1962 and had a brilliant solution:

I don’t know why, but Google is putting its development dollars into Glass (2016, they haven’t given up yet; 2020, I saw a reference to it a week or two ago) while missing the market for the Jane Jetson mask.

How to Look Your Best in a Video Interview

What are you supposed to do until Google catches on?


  1. Set everything up.
  2. Experiment to find the most flattering camera level.
  3.  Smooth on some painfully expensive HD makeup from Sephora (not an affiliate.)
  4. Get dressed 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.

Get the Makeup

Done? Good. Now, because you probably skipped Step 3, 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. Difference much?

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

Zoom It!

BTW, I think I look the best on Zoom. Check it out. If it works for you, and you get to suggest the platform, I’m guessing Zoom will be your pick. It’s free for one-on-one meetings, inexpensive for small groups, and ridiculously easy.

Updated March 2020

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Comments 6

  1. Donna,

    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

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

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

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