Do you have a video interview coming up? Zoom? HireVue? 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 someone isn’t developing a Jane Jetson mask. I vote for Snap to license the IP for their Camera app:
How to Look Your Best in a Video Interview
Until we have Jane Jetson masks, and given that interviews tend to require adulting, do this:
- Set everything up.
- Optimize your lighting.
- Experiment to find the most flattering camera level.
- Smooth on some painfully expensive HD makeup from Sephora.
- Get dressed as you would for an in-person interview.
- If you’ll be on Zoom, turn on its Touch-Up feature and other helpful enhancements (H/T to search consultant Dorothy Dalton).
- Do a dry run and have it critiqued by someone not too encumbered by tact.
- Make tweaks until you feel handsome/beautiful/etc.
What is HD Makeup?
Updated February 2021
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