We recently started interviews for an open position here at SN, and thought it may be helpful to put together some hints for those of you graduating this summer and if you’re looking to switch jobs. This list can be applied to any industry and not limited to just fashion!
- BE PREPARED – Do your due diligence and research the company. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to memorize important dates and the corporate hierarchy, but have an understanding of the company’s core values and of course, the service or product they provide.
- BRING COPIES OF YOUR RESUME – Don’t assume that they will already have copies printed from when you sent it over via email. Print out at least 5 copies – you never know how many different people you will be meeting with!
- DRESS FOR THE JOB – It may be a good idea to know the office dress code (if there is one). If it’s a corporate office, you should ask the HR coordinator who you’re in touch with what the attire is. If it’s more lax and/or a fashion office, less is more. Don’t be over the top, but still have fun and show your style- whether that’s a pop of color or a statement necklace/earrings. (Avoid any backless or cleavage bearing tops, ladies!)
- BE ON TIME – We suggest even aiming to be close by the interview location 10-15 minutes beforehand and waiting in a coffee shop prior to your scheduled time. Nothing is worse than rushing to an interview and you’ll be completely flustered when it comes time to meet with your interviewer!
- GIVE A GOOD HANDSHAKE – So we’ve actually spoken about people’s handshakes post-interview. It’s not a deal-breaker but we can tell you that it is something that people remember. Have a strong grip handshake, it really goes a long way. (Although, I’m so afraid of germs so I was trying to avoid the handshake at all costs the past two weeks haha).
- ASK QUESTIONS – Have a few questions ready for the end that’s relevant to the role you’re going for or something that may pertain to a recent change in the company. This shows your genuine interest for the job and that you did your research, as well as actively listened.
- BE CONFIDENT – Be proud of your background and your prior work experience! Speak clearly, enunciate, and be enthusiastic–without sounding arrogant.
- SEND A THANK-YOU – Always make sure you get the email address of each person you interviewed (by asking for a business card or you can also ask the HR coordinator) and send an email within 24-hours. Keep it short and sweet, making sure to leave a good last impression.
- GET TOO COMFORTABLE – It’s okay to have some friendly banter to break the ice, but just keep in mind that you’re there to be interviewed – first and foremost. You want to prioritize the time to highlight your skills and experience! This also goes for not getting too cozy in that seat. Sit up straight with good posture and make sure you’re not slumping down in the chair. Don’t forget about engaging and making eye contact throughout the interview!
- BE SCARED – This may seem like a no-brainer, but we’ve been there – it’s totally intimidating! It will show immediately if you’re nervous and it’s a poor first impression. Their goal is not to intimidate you – they want to see how quick you think on your feet, so be confident. Don’t be scared to ask for clarification and for them to repeat the question if you didn’t hear or don’t understand it – You definitely don’t want to assume and end up answering it completely wrong.
- USE PROFANITY – This is a big no-no!! Just don’t do it, it’s not a good look. In addition, avoid any slang or broken english for that matter. Be professional and classy.
- LIE – You may feel inclined to embellish your current salary, or even say that you’re proficient in Google Analytics when asked if you’re familiar with it.. just be honest, there’s no reason to lie.
- FOLLOW-UP MULTIPLE TIMES – Be patient after your interview. Once you send out your initial thank-you email, we suggest waiting at least a full week for any status update on the job if you have yet to hear back. Keep in mind that the company is interviewing other candidates and it takes some time to have internal discussions. After that, hold tight and avoid sending any other follow-ups – this comes off a bit too eager and aggressive.