Thursday, April 23
- Interviews & Remaining Positive...
Whether it's for college, university or jobs, interviews are one thing pretty much all of us have to encounter at some point in our lives. The word 'interview' is usually associated with negativity, and the thought of having to 'sell ourselves' tends to make us squirm. Currently going through the job application process myself, I wanted to share with you my styling tips for interviews and ways to remain positive. OUTFIT: Firstly, I want to emphasise that dressing smartly doesn't have to mean discomfort. I actually really enjoy dressing formally and feel it's very much my style. The last thing you want once the big day arrives is to be worrying about what you're wearing, so find something that's 'you' and what you feel comfortable in. There are many combinations out there for us ladies, so find what works for you. For footwear, I'm not really a heels girl when it comes to the work environment. The thought of having to
walk elegantly hobble in sky scrapers towards the interviewer(s) and endure sore feet is far from ideal. Instead, I go for comfort and opt for smart flats. If you're the same, my top tip would be to choose ones with a pointed toe as they immediately show you mean business *wink face*. I tend to wear the flats pictured above, but I'm currently on the hunt for the perfect pair of pointed loafers.
This completely depends on what sort of role you're applying for, but personally, I think it's best to go for a natural makeup look. I often want to run a mile/scream in fear at some of the sharpie brows/talking tangerines I see on the TV, and this really isn't the reaction from your interviewer(s) you want to be responsible for.
Above, I've listed my top 3 neutral lip shades: Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob, MAC Patisserie & Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. A quick sweep of any of these will show you've made a bit of effort without spending hours out of your day on your appearance.
Sticking to the minimalist theme, I would choose simple accessories over eye-catching ones. In my opinion, interviews are a great time to show off a watch as they indirectly suggest that you're reliable, organised and efficient. I would also say that this is the time to choose dainty jewellery over statement necklaces/rings. Above is my Georgini necklace from JewelStreet* and my everyday ring by Virtue. Of course, if simple pieces like this really aren't your thing, then I'd say go without jewellery or try to very subtly incorporate a bolder piece into your outfit.
Lastly, what I want to share with you the most: be the happiest version of you!
• The thought of an interview is daunting, but really try your best to enjoy it. Even if you don't get the position, it's great to meet new people, find out more about an industry and just to have a change of scenery. I've walked away from interviews and seen them as a fun day out!
• Interpret nerves the right way - they're a way of knowing how much you care and how passionate you are about the role. It would probably be weirder if you didn't feel nervous at all, right?
• Speaking from my personal experience, I'd say I'm pretty resilient when it comes to rejections. It just wasn't meant to be and it will happen when it happens (your loss Mr/Mrs. Company, muaha). You have to remind yourself that it isn't a personal attack, interviewers are looking for the best skill set suited for their business. Competition at the moment is rife, so really push yourself to stand out. Each experience is unique and any new application is a new opportunity. Don't let past outcomes have an effect on your future ones.
• Ignore other people's thoughts & opinions. During job hunting, I've learnt that the people who matter completely understand the struggle and have been there themselves. The ones who do gossip seem to be the ones who haven't experienced the challenge themselves and/or are stuck in a dead end job with no aspirations...
• Never give up! As I've said, it will happen when it happens. Don't settle for anything less than what you know you're capable of. Thanks to the internet, there is a wide range of sources available to discover new jobs online. For example, new on the scene is City Calling*, which has multiple opportunities currently available in a number of locations and offer further career advice.
Job hunting can get tedious but it's not the end of the world. In fact, it's highlighted to me activities that I hardly ever used to make time for. Once I am in a full-time role this will stick with me and I'll be sure to still get my wind-down time!
So, if you're currently searching for a job, join me and remember to stay positive!
What did you think of this post? Let me know any of your past or present experiences with job hunting.
*Sponsored post. All text & thoughts are my own.