How To Prepare For The Big Interview

April 6, 2015

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Happy Monday! If you celebrate, I hope you had a lovely Easter yesterday. I was fortunate enough to be able to bring a close friend home to Maine for the weekend and spend some much needed time with my parents. I haven’t had a weekend where I could just relax in so long and it felt oh sooo good. My favorite part of being home is the laughter, the food, the wine, and the puppy snuggles. Lately I’ve been feeling an intense craving for home for I know I will no longer be able to visit as frequently once I graduate next month. It’s crazy to think how fast these past four years have gone and how much I’ve grown as a person. When I first started The Fashion Cookbook and dreamed of working in fashion, I wish I could have told my seventeen year-old self that it would all work out in the end so long as you work hard enough. I remember when I first started blogging I wrote in a post about how I felt so separated from the world living in Maine. To think this summer I’ll be in New York interning for Tommy Hilfiger.

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Ingredients:

Blazer- Forever 21

Shirt- Forever 21

Skirt- Loft

Pumps- Lulu*s

Bag- Kate Spade

Watch- Michael Kors

Necklace- Loft


With summer just around this corner, so many students are busy in between classes and schoolwork applying frantically for internships. Also, as a senior in college, many students are applying for their first “real” job (that is the first job outside of college) and from speaking with some of my close friends over coffee, lately I find many people are nervous for the interview and wanted to know if I had any good tips for them . The tips I had researched and utilized for the Tommy Hilfiger interview do not only apply to college students, but really are helpful for anyone that needs to brush up on their interviewing skills.

1. Analyze the job description: First things first, brush up on what the job consists of. Make a list on one side of a paper/Word document (or better yet copy and paste) what it says on the website are the daily tasks and what is expected of you. Then, to the right on a separate column go through each of those responsibilities and think of the ways that you’ve accomplished each of those tasks. Make sure you come up with clear and truthful examples and memorize them. You will be able use these talking points during the interview itself to support how you are the best candidate for the position.

2. Brush up on your own story and experiences: Keeping the job description in mind, reflect on your past experiences and highlight the things that you’ve done (examples are great) that are impressive, relevant, and will differentiate you from other candidates. Be sure to think of things that make you special and stand out. Don’t be afraid to be honest and vulnerable, yet still professional without being of course too overly personal.

3. Know what the company does, and why you want to join: Why do you wanna work for this company? Your interviewer will expect that you researched the company and you should know what they do, why they do it (their mission), what products they sell, and where in the world they operate, just to name a few. Its important to assess why you actually want to work there and be comfortable to be able to talk to those point when asked. The best candidates are able to clearly articulate why they are really excited about the prospect of getting that job. If you’re not actually excited about the job, reconsider going in for that interview to begin with!

4. Prepare for the most commonly asked interview questions: While no one knows exactly which questions will be asked during the interview, that doesn’t mean you cannot prepare for the most general such as, “Tell me about yourself”, “Why are you interested in this job?”, “Tell me about a time when you’ve…”, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” etc.  This is why brushing up on your own story and assessing your future career goals is so critical.

5. Go in with confidence: Remember if you got asked to be interviewed than that meant that you impressed the company enough to be considered for the position. So take the time to research the company and why you would be a good fit. Find an outfit that is both professional and makes your feel confident (that could be heels or even your favorite lucky purse). As my middle school drama teacher once said, “Why not give it your all during an audition? It just may be the only time you get to play that specific role.” So, don’t forget to hold your head high and smile wide! At the end of the day that may be the only time you’re considered to work for somewhere as competitive, so you better give it your all.

Good luck!!

p.s Don’t forget to send a thank you note immediately (within 24 hours). Be sure to be thoughtful and personalize what you say in the follow up. And finally, proofread everything!!!

 LOVE,

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2 comments

  • Chelsea

    You are so smart and beautiful! I’m so proud of you my sweet Hanny B. I’m so glad I have been able to watch you grow through this process! You have come out on top like I knew you would;)! I honestly could not say enough wonderful things about you. Great post girl!

  • Osarah

    go get it, girl!

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