TAMPA, Fla. — As we wait for the rebound following the quarantine of COVID-19, more people than ever are connecting with friends, family and coworkers via video chat.
Here are five things you can do today to look better on your next Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or Google Hangout video call.
Consider your background and dress
While not all of us have lots of options for backgrounds while video chatting, it can be good to find something simple like a wall with a few pictures or flowers and plants. It's typically best to not have your background distract from the conversation you're trying to have.
Also, remember to dress for success when chatting with coworkers! It helps make you feel more pulled together and professional and gives you an overall more polished look.
Lighting is key
One of the best things you can do is have natural sunlight or a lamp aimed directly at your face. Also, try to not set up in front of an open window with light streaming in. This causes most phone, laptop and tablet cameras to place you in silhouette, obscuring your face in darkness. If you have to set up in front of a window, try and close the shades to prevent that effect.
For those who want to invest a little cash in their lighting set up, a ring light, which typically runs between $30 and $50, provides several levels of light and color temperatures to ensure a best look. Many come with a small tripod and phone/tablet mount to place your camera in the middle, ensuring optimum lighting.
Consider your angles
The most flattering angle is to have your camera level at about eye level, and no more than an arm's length away. Sometimes, the best thing to do is prop your laptop, phone or tablet up on a stack of books to raise it to the proper level.
One thing to watch out for is having your camera too low and angling up toward your face. It can create a horrible double-chin look!
Try focusing on the camera, not the screen when chatting
Focus on the camera instead for a stronger, more personal connection with the people you are chatting with. It can also be helpful to close any other chat windows, programs and notifications before you start to avoid any distractions.
Check your internet connection
Check the strength of your Internet connection before you begin to prevent losing touch in the middle of your Interview. Plug your laptop into an Ethernet port for a more reliable connection.