Interviews 101.

Before I would go to any interview I would spend some time Googling how to answer those tricky questions like what is one of your flaws. I always saw these questions as unnecessary and a bad representation of who I was and why I was good for the job. I am not an expert on interviews, but I have had my fair share; some resulting in jobs others not. I will share with you what I have learned along the way.

[ FITDEETS | Cardigan: Banana Republic. | Top: Aritzia. | Pants: Express.
| Shoes: Ralph Lauren. | Watch: Michael Kors. ]
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For the job that I just got the interview was a little unique because it was really two interviews spread out over a year. The first interview was for a different job with the same company but I was still in school so it didn’t work out. I’m sure they were surprised to see me knocking at their door almost exactly a year later. What drew me back to the company was not only what the company does, strategic communications fascinates me, but the first interview I had with them was the only interview I ever had where I felt somewhat comfortable answering their questions. There was no bullshit “what is your greatest flaw” or “tell me a time when you were in so-in-so situation”. It was also the first interview where I didn’t lie about what I knew or experience that I’ve had. I was able to talk openly about what I knew and have a conversation rather than an interrogation about unrelated things.

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Coming back for the second interview was obviously still nerve-racking but again I felt at ease that I could honestly offer everything I knew, and if that wasn’t enough, at least it wasn’t because I messed up on a lie. It worked for me and I got the job, but there has been alot of interviews in between that didn’t go as well. Lists are always more fun to read so I made a list of interview tips:


Interview Tips.

By Rachel Antony

It's always a good idea to be prepared.

  • Learn the Company.

    By Rachel Antony

    Know what they do, why they do it, and why you want to be a part of it. And know it genuinely, lying will not help you here.

  • Know Your Resume.

    By Rachel Antony

    It can be hard to keep all of the internships and extracurriculars straight. You should know how each position has given you the experience you need to be the best for the new position.

  • Dress Smart.

    By Rachel Antony

    Dress appropriately: be professional, yes but don't try too hard. Not only will you look like you're trying to hard, but you will be uncomfortable and focused more on that then what you need to say.

  • Keep it Real.

    By Rachel Antony

    Don't underestimate yourself, but don't over estimate yourself either. Yes, you can talk about what you've achieved and what you know but don't exaggerate to the point where you can't deliver. 

  • Say it Once, Make it Count.

    By Rachel Antony

    Say what you need to say and know that you've done what you can but don't follow up the next day. No one likes a nagger, it won't help you get the job; either they remembered you or they didn't.

  • On to the Next.

    By Rachel Antony

    If you don't get the job move on to the next. You could ask them why you didn't fit the role and improve yourself before the next interview. It is productive and will benefit you in the next rounds.

The list embedding doesn’t work exactly the way I wanted it to so I have given you the descriptions for each heading below: (See the actual list online here)

Know the Company: Know what they do, why they do it, and why you want to be a part of it. And know it genuinely, lying will not help you here.
Know Your Resume: It can be hard to keep all of the internships and extracurriculars straight. You should know how each position has given you the experience you need to be the best for the new position.
Dress Smart: Dress appropriately: be professional, yes but don’t try too hard. Not only will you look like you’re trying to hard, but you will be uncomfortable and focused more on that then what you need to say.
Keep it Real: Don’t underestimate yourself, but don’t over estimate yourself either. Yes, you can talk about what you’ve achieved and what you know but don’t exaggerate to the point where you can’t deliver.
Say it Once, Make it Count: Say what you need to say and know that you’ve done what you can but don’t follow up the next day. No one likes a nagger, it won’t help you get the job; either they remembered you or they didn’t.
On to the Next: If you don’t get the job move on to the next. You could ask them why you didn’t fit the role and improve yourself before the next interview. It is productive and will benefit you in the next rounds.

 

This outfit is one of my go-to looks for my days downtown. The cardigan from Banana Republic makes the outfit more comfortable and less stiff than a blazer would but still keeps the outfit looking professional. Normally I wear blouses, but when I only need the extra pop of color I find t-shirts suitable even for this business outfit. Plus it makes it easier to switch from work to dinner after. In other posts I have worn dress pants from Express and if you haven’t checked them out yet I highly suggest it. I now own the pants in three different colors, and will definitely invest in more. The Columnist pants are comfy and fit extremely well; I have been on the look out for dress pants and these ones look great and our affordable.

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What is your best interview tip?

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